Rebel Scum

Adventure XVI
Rogue Squadron: Operation Datch

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Wes Janson has the runs, so it’s up to the Rebel Scum to fill in for him on a Rogue Squadron mission. Using the TIE that they procured for the Alliance, Derek Hobbie Klivian is set to infiltrate a detention facility orbiting Gand where are couple Rebel operatives from Nar Shaddaa are being held temporarily. (It turns out that the datafile the Rebel Scum delivered to an Imperial agent while they were working for Sammo the Hutt directly led to the demise of a Rebel cell on Nar Shaddaa.) Anyway, the whole thing’s a trap. A Star Destroyer is waiting for them, and what was intended to be a quick hit and run, becomes a large scale battle. In the process the Rebel Scum’s wingman Torin Datch gets shot down and crash lands on Gand, so they head in after him.

The swirling mists of Gand make it impossible to scan for life, and so they trek it by foot, eventually finding a downed TIE pilot. They duke it out, and he almost escapes into the mist, but Lon manages to mortally punch him in the head. Bel’Ding watches in horror as Lon fakes giving the man first aid, letting the poor bastard die.

Immediately after they’re accosted by a couple of Gand Findsmen who mention that another Rebel was captured earlier. It turns out that today is the Big Gandy Free-For-All, a yearly event that christens a lucky Gand a findsman, and the main prize is Torin Datch. The High Councilman foresaw his crash landing, and the winner gets to personally deliver the prisoner to the Empire. With Peter disguised as a TIE pilot, and Bel’Ding and Lon as Gands, they approach the High Councilman telling him that Torin Datch should be delivered to Peter after the tournament.

However, after the tournament is over the High Councilman insists that the winner and his family accompany the Imperial and prisoner, as is customary. So off they go back to the Rebel’s ship with Vikter the Findsman, his parents, brother and kid sister. But a wrong turn leads them through a swamp where they encounter a K’lor’slug, and in the scuffle Lon’s hairy wolf legs are revealed. Vikter turns on the two strange Gands, but Bel’Ding whips out the Gand Findsman Manual that he stole from the two findsmen earlier, and conjures esoteric rules that prevent Findsmen from questioning the identity of other Findsmen.

At a standoff, Vikter says he just wants to become a Findsman, so Peter hacks into the TIE computer that the had used earlier and forges an order to make Vikter a legal Findsman in the eyes of the Empire.

(Completed in two sessions)

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Adventure XV
My Wookiee Is A Sith Lord

In their search to rid Lon of his Dark Side taint, Luke Skywalker directs the Rebel Scum to Tatooine, to perhaps find some information in Ben Kenobi’s abandoned hut. But waiting for Skywalker at the hut is an Imperial Inquisitor wearing a Tusken Raider mask. He seems to know Lambert Christophson and tells Lon that his fighting technique is not Teras Kasi, but rather Echani, the style of the Emperor’s Royal Guard. After a tough battle, Lon gives in to his anger and kills the defenseless Inquisitor, thus turning over to the Dark Side.

Unfortunately the hut was ransacked by Jawas a long while before. So the Rebels make it their mission to convince the local Jawa tribe to give them the Old Wizard’s trinkets. In return, the Jawa chief insists they rid his tribe of a Tusken Raider menace. The Tuskens, on the other hand, say that they’ll gladly return to their territory if the Rebels drive away Jabba the Hutt’s men, who have taken over the Great Pit of Carkoon, the Tusken’s deity.

After botching a rescue of a prisoner who was about to be sacrificed at the Pit, the Rebels defeat a group of Gamorreans and Weequays, and take their skiff back to Jabba’s Palace. There they strike a deal with Jabba’s PR man to allow the Sand People to worship at the Pit, which as they put it, would give the whole spectacle a rustic authenticity. In return, ten Tuskens must work for Jabba as desert navigators. Everybody wins.

In the end, the Rebels obtain a few of Kenobi’s old books and a holocron. The most relevant book being a thesis written by Kenobi himself entitled “The Thin Gray Line: A Treatise on Light Vs. Dark in the Splinter of the Mind’s Eye”, a sort of rambling, madman exploration into what it means to turn to the Dark Side, something he obviously wrestled with over the years. The most relevant passage reveals that, in the old days, in order to begin purging oneself of darkness a willing dude would enter a special dark chamber at the Jedi Temple to meditate hardcore and confront inner demons. Or there was the poor man’s method of finding a deep, dark hole and delving into it. But that was only half the battle. The fallen jedi would still have to confront the Dark Side in person…

(Completed in two sessions)

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Adventure XIV
CSI Hoth

Someone has died on Echo Base! The body of Yig Munsen, an Ortolan engineer is found on a causeway where was doing some repairs. He looks to have been ravaged by a Wampa, and Derlin says it’s already the second attack. The other guy, who was attacked last week and clearly saw his assailant, is still in the ICU healing from his wounds. In addition to the attacks, two other people have gone missing: Goric Barge, an Alderaanian refugee, and Tyren Tannon a Tatooinian. So now it’s up to the Rebel Scum to find those Wampas and put an end to the madness.

The Rebels track down a Wampa beneath the bowels of Echo Base. But when Tandy Starbender goes missing simultaneously, things begin to unravel. Crumpled up love letters from a spurned Tyren Tannon are found in her room, and it’s discovered that she was romantically involved with Goric Barge. With Peter Vandervoodle’s brand spanking new lifeform detector, CSI Hoth locates the victim in a cave an hour away from base. And to their horror, Tyren Tannon is found eating Tandy alive, as Goric’s bones lay in the corner. He’s apparently gone stir-crazy in the dreary coldness of Hoth. He’s eventually brought down, but it requires a valiant use of the Force by Lon to bring Tandy back from the brink of death. Another case filed away by the Rebel Scum.

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Adventure XIII
Sith Tomb Raiders

Adventure XIII Crawl

While fighting a group of TIEs in Dantooine space after the Imperials tracked them down, the Rebels are saved by Lambert Christophson who sends them coordinates for a hyperspace escape. Unfortunately, Lambert has led them to Korriban, the ancient world of the Sith. And he wants Lon to delve into the depths of a Sith tomb, partly to continue his training, and partly to retrieve some lost Jedi artifacts that the Sith Lord Neth buried in his tomb.

Lon and Bel’Ding immediately fall into a hole, and ward off the restless corpse of a Mon Calimari. Further down the hole they find some ancient Sith gold, and some trinkets, and have another run-in with an awakened Sith revenant.

Upstairs they enter a chamber with three statues and three doors. Behind them, the spirit of a long dead Mon Calamari Jedi beckons them and vaguely explains the situation. He was part of an expedition sent to destroy the tomb, but his companions were all turned to the dark side. Behind each door is a piece of Lord Neth’s past, a Force dreamworld, which can be reached by touching a dark crystal. The Jedi says to turn back; it is all part of Neth’s wicked trial. “You can play the Dark Lord’s game, and prove yourself a worthy vessel, but that will only lead to failure,” he says.

The Rebel Scum figure they’ve gone this far, so they might as well keep going. The first crystal transports them to the Jedi Enclave on Dantooine. Lord Neth is just a boy named Jenk with anger management issues. First the Rebels try to persuade the kid to stay true to Jedi ideals, but then realize that to prove themselves worthy to a Sith Lord, they must urge Jenk to succumb to his passions. That night, he sets fire to the Jedi library.

(Completed in two sessions)

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Adventure XII
Garbage Men of the Galaxy

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Adventure XI
Black Sons

The great Sammo the Hutt swings a deal that sends the Rebel Scum to Nar Shaddaa to work for him in exchange for the Black Sun’s assistance to the Alliance. The massive Hutt gives them two jobs: Deliver a datafile to an undercover contact named Clive Argeth (working for the rival crime syndicate the Rancor Taints), and track down an Ithorian client by the name of Tumtum Watlow who’s been skipping out on payments.

Some detective work leads the party to Watlow’s former residence where they meet his kid Lumlum, who lets them inside and gives them the heartbreaking lowdown. From there they meet his stripper wife Linda at the Hutty Professor; she tells them where Watlow frequents these days, adding that she doesn’t give a damn if they end up killing his hammerhead ass. So the Rebels find Watlow drinking at the Gran Ole Time, and corner him outside in an alley.

The poor sap agrees to comply with the Rebels, and they concoct a plan to infiltrate the Rancor Taints and salami slice their accounts to generate enough money for Watlow to pay back Sammo the Hutt.

By proving themselves with mad skillz, the Rebels have no problem gaining an audience with Plij Buhjeebus, leader of the Rancor Taints. But to be initiated into the gang, they must successfully touch the taint of his pet Rancor, which Lon can tell is definitely Force sensitive, by the way. Only Peter has trouble with this, but he escapes the taint alive.

Once initiated they explore the Rancor Taint compound, as Bel’Ding averts the attention of Mox, the Taint’s Underlord, conning him into spending time writing out the Tenants of the gang, because some of the rules seem arbitrary, like where it’s okay/not okay to defecate on the floor. Meanwhile, Peter and Tumtum hack into the Rancor Taint’s bank accounts, setting up their salami slicing scheme.

Eventually they find Clive Argeth among the Taints. And upon giving him the data, he thanks them and says that the Empire will reward them greatly, which everyone finds disturbing. But there’s not much they can do because if they fail Sammo the Hutt, they fail the Alliance.

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Adventure X
Wookiee Aids

When the rebels get back to Echo Base, they discover that almost everyone is infected with Wookiee AIDS, a deadly virus that decimates Wookiee populations and slowly kills other species. Even Mon Mothma is infected. Through deductive reasoning, the party determines that Lon Startripper, during that sordid Life Day party months ago, infected Mon Mothma and Kaarla the Sullustan Sandwich Artist, who then spread the disease to everybody else (because, well, she gets around). Where Lon contracted the virus no one knows, but due to the fact that he is biologically so unlike a Wookiee, he suffers no ill effects.

Roree and Yawnee tell the party that the only way to cure Wookiee AIDS is with a special bacta formula using plants that are only found at the bottom floor of the forests of Kashyyyk, The Shadowlands, where heinous beasts lurk.

The Rebels manage to pass through an Imperial blockade by posing as researchers escorting an AIDS resistant Wookiee, who needs to be taken to a medical facility for testing. They eventually get down into the Shadowlands, led by Roree who hadn’t been there since his coming of age ritual.

Soon the Rebels are accosted by a group of marauding, swoop-riding Trandoshans who are searching for Wookiee stragglers. They try and fail to net the Wookiees, but manage to get Lon, who they mistake for a Wookiee, and a speeder bike chase ensues as Peter heads after them. In the end, the Rebels defeat the Trandoshans, save one who surrenders. And as the party contemplates what they should do with him, Roree breaks his neck making the decision much simpler.

Roree the leads the group through the forest quite deftly, avoiding any katarns and the like, until the Rebels are surrounded by a group of Wookiee insurgents. Once alliances get sorted out, they Wookiees agree to help the Rebels infiltrate the medical facility, where heinous Imperial experiments are said to take place.

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Adventure IX
Sabaacteurs

Adventure X Crawl

In an effort to track down the lost Alliance X-Wing, the Rebels return to Riga’Tonee’s Space Repairs on Cloud City and discover that the ship has already been purchased by the Baron Administrator Lando Calrissian. After talking with some sabaac players in town, the Rebels are informed of an exclusive tournament being held by the man himself. Bel’Ding then challenges local champion Snuda the Snivvian to a sabaac match and wins, gaining the attention of Lando’s talent scouts, and thus earning them an invite to Lando’s tournament, which is being held offworld on a space station orbiting Ord Mantell.

It turns out that one of the tourney prizes is the X-Wing starfighter, along with a disruptor pistol, and Lando’s old casino yacht The Works Every Time.

After defeating the likes of some of the most talented gamblers in the galaxy like Hal Detchrunner, human rogue, and Nato K’ek, Jawa slicer, Bel’Ding manages to make it to the last round. But rather than face Lando, Bel’Ding matches his wits against Lobot, the walking computer and master sabaac cheater. It’s a hard fought battle, requiring the covert slicing of Vandekervoodle to overcome Lando’s cyborg. But just as the keys to The Works Every Time are handed over to the Rebel scum, an explosion roars down the hallway, followed by the familiar scream of blaster fire and the clacking footsteps of what could only be Imperial Stormtroopers.

Bel’Ding and Peter make a run for it amidst the chaos, and cross paths with none other than lipstick wielder/force-punch-guy Lon Startripper, who had cut his training short with Lambert because of a disturbing Force vision. He knew Bel’Ding was in trouble, and through sheer will of the Force he found himself on the station orbiting Ord Mantell only moments before the Imperials arrived. And now there was a strange Jawa yipping at his heels, begging the furry man to save him.

The reunited Rebels and their smelly Jawa cohort skulk about the station and eventually find their prize ship along with the Alliance’s X-wing in a small docking bay. But they’re met by Deedak, the Rodian gambler whom Bel’Ding beat in the Semi-Finals. And he’s carrying his 3rd place prize disrupter pistol.

(Completed in two sessions)

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Adventure VIII
Return to Clak'dor VII

Adventure VIII Crawl

The Rebels go to Clak’Dor VII intent on settling Garrith and Bel’Ding’s feud once and for all: by asking the girl herself, Lin’duh Shul’r. Through Spacebook account stalking and a visit to Lin’duh’s brother’s apartment—Bithcorp CEO K’ryt Shul’r—the Rebels discover that Lin’duh is a bargaining chip in an Empire-Bithcorp merger approved by Moff Trip Elrood, a man with an insatiable appetite for Bith ‘tang. Lin’duh is to be married off to the Moff.

It takes some more sticky investigative work in the red light district to finally devise a workable ruse of posing as wedding planners who need to make some final gown measurements on the bride. After the initial scouting of the situation, the Rebels return to take some wedding photographs and bypass security with a bait and switch using a convincingly disguised street corner hooker to play the part of Lin’duh. And off they go in The Lumguzzler.

As it turns out, Bel’Ding didn’t exactly steal Lin’duh away from Garrith (although he did end up getting to second base with her in the backseat of his parents’ star cruiser); he just let her come along for the ride when he bailed school. High on spice and looking to explore the galaxy on his own, he ditched Lin’duh on Duro. It was just another hazy footnote in Bel’Ding’s crazy Bith life.

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Adventure VII
Flight of the Gibbl'gak

Adventure VII Crawl

While Lon is still in a Force trance, Bel’Ding receives a transmission from fellow Echo Base Rebel Peter Vendekerkhof who is waiting outside in a Y-Wing bearing this news: Garrith Gibbl’gak has stolen an X-Wing and fled Hoth.

However, the X-Wing has a busted navicomputer that can’t handle any complex astrogation calculations. So the Rebels track Gibbl’gak to Anoat, and then Bespin, where he sold the X-Wing to buy fare for a commercial liner to Coruscant.

With 40-LOM rendezvousing in the Y-Wing, they devise a plan to waylay the commercial transport as it comes out of hyperspace, disable it with the ion cannon, board it, and capture Gibbl’gak. Minus a long-winded conversation and few blaster shots to their sides, things go mostly according to plan. In the shadow of the dreaded Imperial Starfleet, The Lumguzzler makes a daring hyperspace escape. But 40-LOM in his Y-Wing is not so fortunate. He is now considered MIA.

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