Captain Volin saw the group off, he wished them luck and said General Maidine had asked him to hand the group these small boxes. Each of the box contained a dose of neurotoxin in a small pill – for the worst case scenario.
They departed for Endor and arrived. Death Star was there, along with a Super Star Destroyer and 5 Imperial Class Star Destroyers – lots of TIE Fighters around. The shield enveloped the entire planet, and the Death Star, making it impenetrable to ships. This posed a problem since the group arrived aboard the Intruder and they didn’t want to broadcast their presence by transmitting clearance codes.
So they edged closer to the shield and eventually came across a pair of troop transports heading for the surface. The Intruder followed in their wake, being careful to stay out of direct line of sight. The transports were joined by two more – larger – transports, Ghost recognised them as AT-AT deployment vessels.
The shield lowered for the transports and the Intruder slipped through behind them. The Intruder followed them, keeping low to the tree tops to avoid being a visible presence. The transports split up – the troop variants heading to the west and the AT-AT deployers to the north. The group decided to follow the western group first, to confirm the Bothan intelligence in that direction (since it made no mention of the north), but noted down the bearing of the northern transports to pursue later.
In the distance they spotted the shield generator – a huge dish, with multiple smaller dishes – and a large landing pad (clearly heavily defended, with an AT-AT patrolling nearby). The troop transports made for the landing pad.
A large lizard-squirrel-like creature sprung forth from the trees and glided towards them – it was about the size of the Intruder. It latched onto the roof/front, Ghost rolled over to try to shake it off to no avail. Tobin leapt from the cabin to the underside of the ship (which was now facing up), bring his lightsaber to bear on the creature. This loosened the creature’s grip. Ghost pulled the Intruder to a halt, flinging the creature off. Unfortunately Tobin’s safety line snapped and he too went falling into the forest below.
The crew noted Tobin’s position, ascertained he was alright and planned – the Intruder would fly north and investigate where the other transports were heading, meanwhile Tobin would scout around the shield generator.
So the Intruder flew north on the bearing of the AT-AT transports. The further north they went the more the trees thinned out – they were travelling hundreds of kilometres. The temperature dropped, snow began falling – they were clearly heading for an arctic region of the planet.
Here they found a huge mag-lev train station, two AT-ACTs had been deployed, the area was well defended. This wasn’t in the Bothan intelligence.
They followed the line and came to a huge landing field – hundreds of starfighters were assembled here, Ghost spotted every TIE version she could think of (Fighter, Bomber, Interceptor, Raptor, Striker, etc) and Ace spotted some Mandalorian Protectorate Starfighters in a hanger. This place was also well defended – AT-AAs, laser cannon emplacements, etc.
The line continued, over a vast cavernous pit being cut into the ice – heavy duty construction vehicles appeared to be cutting deep below, meanwhile other vehicles moved things up the surface amidst the vast snow drifts around. This appeared to be some sort of deep mining operation.
Finally they came to another huge dish installation – another shield generator, apparently inactive. It seems as though the Empire has a back-up in case the Rebels take out their shield…
Meanwhile Tobin had to mercy kill the creature – it had gotten caught in some kind of primitive net trap as it fell. He then ran afoul of a Scout Trooper patrol, killed them and hid their bodies in a pit. Disguising himself as a Scout Trooper he headed for the Imperial Landing Pad, intending to try and find a ride ‘upstairs’.
On his way he fell into a primitive trap himself – on a river bed, his foot almost got pricked by poison spikes buried in the mud. Just pulling himself up from that, he then came across a pair of AT-STs. Playing a Scout Trooper who’s patrol had been ambushed by a massive lizard creature, he got ordered to go help a patrol in distress nearby (he’d be quicker than the walkers as they’d have to navigate around several dense clumps of trees).
He arrived in the clearing, the only sign of the patrol being two blaster’s and a broken helmet. Tobin was then ambushed by Ewoks, Tobin ran away terrified in a very undignified manner.
The group set a meeting point at a river bank they’d spotted earlier – it looked like a likely landing site. The main force in the Intruder arrived and began setting up camouflage netting over their ship, after a couple of hours Tobin arrived and they began making plans to deal with the northern mag-lev line and the stops along it.
Whilst taking down their camouflage netting, Ace – on watch – spotted a pair of Imperial Patrol Transport speeders flying down the river bank. Realising that if they got close, the Empire would spot them, the squad prepared an ambush.
They quickly took out the pilot of the first transport, it crashed nose-first in to the mud of the river. The troops on board burst out, and the second transport deployed it’s troops in an orderly fashion – these were not mere Stormtroopers, but Imperial Shoretroopers. These troops in the river came right into the waiting blaster-fire of Galish and Ghost, who were waiting partially submerged in the water. Unfortunately Galish lost her footing and got swept away down river.
The troops that made it to the river bank came into the blaster fire of Oz and Gand. The remaining transport got knocked into a spin by errant shots. Ace took off with his jet pack and attempted to board the transport, but he was unable to land until it stopped spinning. The transport began climbing, away from the battle, and tilting to shake Ace out the door. Ace almost lost his footing, but he clung on, raising his blaster he took a shot at the driver but the shaking vehicle caused it to go wide. On the ground Tobin watched all of this with his sniper rifle, he asked Ace if he could handle it and Ace reassured him that he could. With the transport threatening to leave his effective range, Tobin took a shot and hit the driver. Ace was able to push the driver out of the way and assume control over the vehicle.
They captured an Imperial Stormtrooper and a code cylinder from the Shoretrooper commander. They regrouped and realised that Galish and Ghost were missing – Gand spotted that Galish had lost her footing and Ghost went after her down river. They decided that they’d give the pair some time, but quickly realised that the crashed transport had began broadcasting an emergency distress beacon, and they could not remove it. Gand, Oz, Tobin and Ace departed in the Intruder with R3 and the liberated Imperial Patrol Transport and headed for their secondary landing site – a large clearing to the north-west.
Galish found herself unable to swim against the current of the river, it was too strong. She realised that she was being swept towards a whirlpool along the bank of the river, Galish decided to let go and stop resisting, allowing herself to be swept underwater. Luckily Aqualishs can breathe underwater, so there was no chance of her drowning.
She came down into a cave – it was completely dark, but she could hear the water rushing. Ghost dropped down behind her and ignited a light source. They quickly realised that their comm signal wasn’t penetrating the rock above them, that it’d be incredibly difficult to swim upwards against the current of the water rushing into the cavern, and they were stuck together. They climbed onto the bank and began following the passageway – it curved upwards slightly. It twisted and turned back on itself, eventually they saw a light up ahead – it looked like daylight.
They came towards it and found themselves on a natural stone bridge over the underground river below. Fist-sized stones were embedded in the rocks around them, up and down the passageway. These stones glowed as if it were natural daylight. Ghost climbed up the wall, until she reached one. It broke off in her hand. She pocketed it and moved on.
On the other side of the bridge the passageway curved to run parallel to the flow of the river. This continued for a short while until they came to a carved out dock – clearly not a natural formation – and a small wooden boat with oars. It looked positively ancient, and there were some doubts as to its seaworthiness, but they got it floating down the river.
They travelled down the underground river for a long time, as they went more underground rivers joined this one as the passageway widened. As their journey continued Ghost and Galish alternated rowing so the other could get some sleep. After about 8 hours down this river they came to a huge curtain of vines stretching from the high ceiling down to the river bed. Each of these vines had red flowers along the length. However, before they came to the vines, they spotted a green fin in the water below. They decided to avoid provoking the creature and hope it didn’t notice them – it did not and they entered the curtain of vines.
As the prow of their boat shifted the first vines aside, a spark of light stretched up each vine, and the flowers began to glow, showering the passageway in faint red light. Ghost sensed a disturbance in the Force ahead whatever was ahead of them was strong in the dark side of the Force.
- Ghost’s vision and arrival at the castle.
- The others begin waking up at their camp. Ace goes hunting rabbits, it gets away but he finds a deer thing in a trap so brings that back.
- A parade of Ewoks arrive (probably to see who stole their breakfast). Tobin tries to calm them and eventually the Ewoks sit down. They begin communicating through pictagrams they make in the dirt. They eventually convince the Ewoks that their god (C-3PO, who looks suspiciously like the pictagram the Ewoks have used to depict their deity) will be arriving soon to help remove the influence of the Empire.
- Ghost climbs the largest tower of the castle to get a better comm signal. She navigates the tower – it’s clearly seen better days and been the subject to a battle at some point. She arrives at the top and makes contact with the others. They decide to split up to send some south to pick Ghost and Galish up, whilst the others proceed north to do a detailed scout of the facilities.
- Ghost descends through the tower, coming to a largish room. Something comes scittering to her feet, it’s a portable holoviewer and it projects an image of her Gungan master. He mentions how it’s been a long time, and he’s since got a new apprentice. He’s curious to test this new apprentice against Ghost. Out of the shadows steps a black Ewok, it wears a dark hood and around it’s neck it seems to have an array of trophies – body parts from various creatures. Ghost spots one that looks rather like a Chadra-Fan hand. The Gungan introduces it as Yintalla, the Ewok ignites a double-bladed lightsaber and lunges forward. Ghost ignites her own lightsabers and stands ready to meet it.
Rewards and Experience
- 10 XP this session.
- Ghost gained 6 conflict, rolling a 3 so went down by 3 points to 95.
- Tobin gained 5 conflict, rolled an 8. His Morality was triggered this session, so he went up by 6 points to 48.