Star Wars: Predators

The Empire Strikes - Part Five
Escape from Bespin

Mission Roster

  • Gand
  • Ghost
  • Jacen Briggs
  • Tobin Stryder

Jacen – Boarding the Executor

  • Jacen arrives with Jade at the Executor. she sneaks him inside using a disguise and has him hack the security station to erase any record of their presence. Unfortunately he trips an alarm and security teams eventually track them down.

Tobin and Gand – Cloud City Flight

  • Gand takes the controls and Tobin operates the weapons. Slave One attempts to pull alongside them. Tobin opens fire, failing to hit the ship, but causing enough havoc that it drives Fett back.
  • Gand takes a sharp turn to get them out of the city, unfortunately he clips a footbridge knocking out their sensor dish.
  • They entered the gas fields – an area of floating gas mining platforms that supply Cloud City with Tibanna gas. Fett followed, blasting the Dusk Mynock with a missile.
  • Wing Guard Cloud Cars attempted to cut them off, but they blasted past them and flew towards the swirling maelstrom that Cloud City had recently moved to avoid.
  • Fett stuck on their tail like glue until they entered the storm – he’s committed, but he isnt suicidal.
  • Within the storm they lost control of the ship and it began drifting on the wind.

Ghost -Escape from the Wing Guard

  • As Tobin and Gand are flying off, Ghost spots a figure in a beige coloured cloak fleeing the Wing Guard.
  • Ghost follows them to an alley and intervenes, immolating the guard captain with her lightsaber.
  • The figure turned out to be Deck Officer Neathe. She said that she had been scheduled to meet Jacen but he did not show. She and Kay’Daq are in contact with a Rebel cell operating on Bespin and can get Ghost in contact.
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The Empire Strikes - Part Four
Bespin Bound

Mission Roster

(During this time Sandy is in hyperspace, travelling ahead to Arbooine)

The Approaching Storm

Tobin (still drunk from the Port in a Storm that Lando gave him the night before) and Gand are in Figg Tower in the centre of Bespin. They attempted to get to the Dusk Mynock, but were intercepted by the Wing Guard. They attempted to convince the Wing Guardsmen to let them to their ship, but the Wing Guard insisted that they had to hold them in their room until the Baron Administrator could see them.

They were lead back to their room where they found more Wing Guardsmen at their door. Inside they found a bottle of wine from Lando. Inside the bottle there was a note that read “I’m not in control”. Tobin convinced Gand that their best method of escape would be to dismantle the toilet system and crawl through the sewage pipes. They began working on this and crawling down the pipes.

Suspicion at the Spaceport

Jacen was aboard the Honey Badger with Kay’daq and Neathe. They got a call from the spaceport authority informing them that as the city moved to avoid the storm there was a chemical spill, it now threatens to set a fuel tanker on fire. An evacuation was ordered.

The group complied with the evacuation. Jacen spent time watching the Wing Guard as they set up a cordon, he thought that they seemed more concerned with keeping people out of the spaceport than any fire. Jacen went to a public terminal and searched for any news; he found bounty postings from the Wing Guard for each member of Predator Squadron – the images in them were recent, they were in the clothes they were wearing yesterday.

Ghost in the Machinery

Ghost had taken shelter in a public bunker as the city moved to avoid the storm. It was relativley nice as bunkers went – holoprograms, dejarik tables and a reading library. The locals were treating this as business as normal, but Ghost wanted to get out.

Ghost sneaked into the main ventilation room of the bunker. She noticed that the light was flickering in an unusual pattern – she realised that it was Imperial flash code:

-and on the run. Get to the opera house, will have more information there. Be careful. You are in danger. Tobin and Gand on the run. Get to the opera house, will have more information there. Be careful.

Ghost removed the housing of the ventilation system and stepped through the fan blades. Following this tunnel she came to an access hatch to the main street. The streets were deserted, so she was able to make her way to the opera house unseen.

By the time she made it to the opera house the alert had been lifted and people were taking back to the streets. She found that the stage door to the opera house was unlocked.

Moving through the backstage area Ghost spotted light coming from the main auditorium. Cautiously approaching the stage, she found that the house lights were on and the holographic interface (a device Ghost was familiar from their time performing an opera for Lando) was flickering with the words:

Welcome Ms Valentine. I apologise that it took so long to alert you, it has been a rather busy day. I need to show you something.

Ghost indicated that the holographic interface should proceed. The background of the stage flickered to become a screen:

It shows footage of a door closing, from a first-person perspective. It swings over to Lando, he’s sweating and clutching at his neck taking deep breaths. His assistant stands next to him, having dropped her datapads, she is as white as a sheet.

Another man stands in the room, back straight, Imperial uniform well pressed, cap over his shaved head. Never has Klevic looked more the part of an Imperial officer. He gives Lando a cold look whilst he adjusts his black leather gloves. An accompanying officer places a holoprojector down on the desk. It activates, displaying images of each member of Predator Squadron – they’re recent images, either from Hoth or the TIE Raptor base.

Klevic looks through the hologram at Lando – “You know these Rebels, Calrissian. Where are they?”.

Lando gives him a look that essentially says ‘search me, pal’, but actually says, “I know a lot of shady folks. Doesn’t mean I’m particularly close to any of them”.

Klevic now leans forward through the hologram, right into Lando’s face: “You are a known associate, Calrissian, that much is confirmed. You may very well be a collaborator. An ISB team disappeared from this city the night before you granted this group clemency for ”/wikis/the-jewel-of-yavin-adventure" class=“wiki-page-link”> stealing the Jewel of Yavin. Then there was the incident where the late Admiral Rathbone’s wife was kidnapped from this city by one of these Rebels," at this point he looks disgusted, “You wriggled your way out of that one claiming they were freelancers, but I bet you thought it was funny to display an opera of our Emperor as performed by some Rebels. So I ask again, tell me where they are and you will be shown leniency. Don’t make me ask a third time”.

Lando just glares at him, “Go to hell,” he says.

Klevic leans back, “Very well,” he says. He turn around, swiftly drawing his blaster and shooting Lando’s assistant. He takes a moment to compose himself before returning his attention to Lando: “So Calrissian, what is it to be? Tell me where Predator Squadron are, or I will drag more people in here and execute them one by one until you do”.

During this time the image moves away from the conversation and zooms in on Lando – he is tapping his hand in a pattern under the desk. It zooms in further and a grid forms around his hand, deciphering the meaning of the movements and displaying them as text: Find them and update them on situation. They are in danger. For their own safety they have to get out of here. I’ll be no help, they’ll be watching.

The image ended, the background disappeared and a new hologram forms – a tall, bald man in grey coveralls with a cybernetic implant sticking out of his head, Lobot. “Lando wishes you to get out of here safely. I will endeavour to aid you with that, but I don’t have long, I will be missed. Lando wishes to save you and this city”.

Lobot informed Ghost that the Empire had co-opted the Wing Guard and was faking a fire at the spaceport.

Ghost headed to the spaceport and attempted to enter through a vent. The vent was secured with motion sensors and the Wing Guard had a rapid response time. Ghost determined that the spaceport was too well secured for her to access, so decided to attempt to access the HWK-1000 at Figg Hall.

  • Jacen gets arrested.
  • Jacen gets dragged into the heist plan.
    *Gand and Tobin sneak their way through Figg Hall.
  • Climb their way over to the landing pad where they are intercepted by Boba Fett.
  • Brief duel, but focus on escape. Slave One pursues.
  • Ghost arrives at Figg Hall, the main entrance is heavily guarded by Wing Guard and she witnesses the HWK take off swiftly followed by the Firespray.
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The Empire Strikes - Part Three
The Angel of Lothal
  • Predator Squadron arrived at the scene of the distress signal and found a Rebel convoy in trouble.
  • They worked to fix the ships and escaped before the Empire attacked.
  • Sandy headed off on his own to Arbooine in pursuit of the kyber crystal of the holocron.
  • The others arrived at Bespin where they acquired supplies from the black market.
  • Jacen and Tobin had a falling out over the ownership of the Dusk Mynock.
  • Lando bet an expensive bottle of whiskey with Tobin and actually lost. Unfortunately Tobin was very drunk, so the next day when Gand arrived and spotted Imperial ships arriving they may be in trouble.
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The Empire Strikes - Part Two
Last One Out Get The Lights

Mission Roster

Escaping Echo Base

During the Battle of Hoth Mesa arrived back at the north hanger of Echo Base in a heavily damaged snowspeeder. He was captured by the Empire alongside former-governor Kaine. Mesa was interrorgated by Lieutenant Klevic by hologram as to the nature of any intelligence Kaine may have given the Alliance. Klevic was particularly interested in whether any intelligence had been leaked regarding Projects Tempest and Thunder.

The remainder of Predator Squadron fought their way into the Command Centre of Echo Base. It was severely damaged, probably as a result of the bombardment suffered during the battle. Here they fought with a new variant of Super Stormtrooper – larger and armed with a wrist-mounted flame projector, it seemed more aggressive than previous variants.

Predator Squadron made their way into the medical centre, where they found Sandy holding the fort with a squad of infantry and Blisk. They secured the med centre, gathered a few supplies and moved into the south hanger.

Rushing to the Dusk Mynock they found Darth Vader himself descending the ramp. He told them that if they handed over the Staff of Ossus he would let everyone else walk out of here. Tobin and Jacen attempted to flee, but the Dark Lord merely pulled them back to him. Sandy and Gand opened up on the attending Stormtroopers whilst Ghost ran for a nearby X-Wing. Tobin handed over the Staff at which point Ghost opened up on Vader with the X-Wing’s laser cannons. The Dark Lord still standing, Predator Squadron decided to escape whilst they could, running for their ships. Ghost continued to fire blast after blast into the icy cavern’s roof, eventually causing a cave in on Vader.

Accelerating into space, they blasted through the TIE Fighters and Star Destroyers, getting to the edge of the interdiction field, although their Y-Wing suffered 10 points of Hull Trauma. With TIEs on their tail they escaped into hyperspace.

Upon arrival at the Dag-O-Bar they found a Star Destroyer in orbit and an Imperial CR-90 Corvette patrolling the system. They received a covert message from the station crew informing them that the station’s cover was intact, but that they were having to play things safe for now. With TIE Fighters heading in their direction Predator Squadron jumped away again.

Jumping several more times throughout the region, Predator Squadron eventually arrived at an cold barren moon where they could regroup and plan their next steps, hoping that the Empire was not on their tail.

Tobin revealed the extent of his nature with the Cabal, whilst Ghost revealed that she had the holocron one member of the Cabal sought. The holocron activated, levitating into the air and revealing previously unseen seams. It realigned into a diamond shape and projected a small hologram of a youthful dark-haired human man in the robes of a Jedi.

The holocron explained that it could teach them a powerful Force ability, but to unlock it’s full secrets they would need to track down the three kyber crystals that it’s creator, Suljo Warde, had in his possession.

Ghost thought that this would make for a useful training exercise to enable the squadron to face bigger threats, namely going after the Imperial Inquisition. Tobin agreed that it would be useful training, but that their focus should be on eliminating Kevlan’s remaining projects. The squad decided to retrace Master Warde’s steps in an attempt to find the kyber crystals and take things from there.

As they were preparing to depart they received a distress signal:

“This is transport RV-776, we are under attack! B- bzzzt -erial. We are requesting help!”

They traced the signal to a nearby star system, determining that it would take 45 minutes to reach their at top speed. Although they wanted to pursue the kyber crystals, they decided to investigate the distress signal first.

Ghost meditated on the matter and saw a brief glimpse of a GR-75 transport with a hole in its side, a Gozanti-class cruiser adrift. Debris of various starfighters was littered everywhere.

Experience and Rewards

  • +5 Sabotage duty for preventing the Empire from acquiring the Ion Cannon.
  • +5 Personel duty for escaping Echo Base with a handful of NPC troopers left.
  • +10 Combat Victory duty for delaying the Empire during the battle and bloodying their noses a bit.

For escaping with the troopers everyone gained +2 bonus Morality, so:

  • Gand gained +11 Morality, putting him on 100.
  • Ghost gained +12 Morality, putting her on 91.
  • Jacen gained +10 Morality, putting him on 97.
  • Sandy gained 5 conflict from a despair on a fear check, in total -1 Morality, putting him on 93.
  • Tobin gained 5 conflict from a despair on a fear check, in total +0 Morality leaving him on 68.

Experience:

  • 10 XP for fighting their way out of Echo Base.
  • 10 XP for surviving their encounter with Darth Vader.
  • 5 XP for keeping as many NPCs alive as they did.
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The Empire Strikes - Part One
The Corellian Conflict and Echo Base Under Siege

Mission Roster

Gand
Ghost
Jacen Briggs
Oz
Tobin Stryder

The Corellian Conflict

Jacen, Tobin and Ghost were holed up in the house preparing their strategy. Tobin planned to demolish the house to create a smokescreen to aid their escape. As they went into the kitchen to prepare this and escape through the back door, 6 unidentified wolf-like creatures (which had previously pursued Gand and Sandy on Ossus) burst in through the back door and engaged them.

Simultaneously Stormtroopers began cutting their way in through the front door. Predator Squadron used the dilapidated state of the building to their advantage by blasting enemies into holes and collapsing the ceiling upon them. One creature snacked on Jacen’s lightsaber, destroying the hilt as Jacen drove the saber through it’s throat. Jacen retrieved his lightsaber crystal as he and Ghost headed into the back garden whilst Tobin prepared the detonation charges in the centre of the house.

In the back garden they encountered two figures – one, the brutish human who cost Tobin his arm; the other a mysterious masked figure wielding a double-bladed vibrosword. Ghost withdrew to a sniping position on a roof-top further back as Jacen attempted to escape. Tobin had set the charges and blew them as he jetpacked out of the house, grabbing Jacen as he flew past.

Unfortunately they did not get far as the jetpack gave out under the weight and they fell into the alleyway beneath Ghost’s building. The Inquisitors very quickly caught up and attempted to engage them again. Ghost attempted to snipe from the building, but the masked Inquisitor used the Force to rip Ghost from her vantage point.

Predator Squadron determined to run, splitting up and heading in three different directions – Jacen disappearing into the crowded streets of Coronet City, Ghost using Rocket Boots to hop rooftop to rooftop and evade patrols, and Tobin headed to where he had previously called his speeder bike to.

Meanwhile at the Blue Sector Spaceport, where the Dusk Mynock and Predator Squadron’s two Y-Wings were docked, Oz and Gand enjoyed hot chocolate until they were interrupted by some aggressive looking fellows. They said they were looking for Tobin on behalf of their employer and suggested that the Mynock was Tobin’s ship. Oz convinced them that he did not know a Tobin Stryder. They believed him and departed, alerting him to the bounty on Tobin’s head.

En route back to the Spaceport, Tobin arrived at his bike and was ambushed by the Inquisitor with red hair. She was able to sneak right up on Tobin – enough to put her vibroblade right at the back of his neck before he noticed. Ghost appeared on a rooftop and pointed her sniper-rifle at her. The Inquisitor used Tobin as a shield, pointing her vibroblade right up to his eye, saying that if she died she’d end Tobin. Ghost withdrew. The Inquisitor interrogated Tobin, asking where the staff was, she noted that Vader was after it. Tobin replied that it was at their base – he wouldn’t take it on a mission. She replied that she knew of their icy base and that Vader would deal with it soon enough. The Inquisitor disappeared into the night and Tobin went to his bike, finding that the ignition wire had been unplugged.

One by one the squad returned to the spaceport to find that another group of mercenaries were outside (having been hammering on the door for 15 minutes with neither Gand nor Oz going to check). Oz asked them what they wanted, they presented them with a hologram of their leader. The leader was wearing a leather jacket and face-mask, head covered in what Tobin recognised as Dillinger’s hat. They too were looking for Tobin, having ran into the other group and used their leads; although this group were looking for Tobin for personal reasons, rather than monetary. They did not state what these reasons were, but Tobin could guess, the leader having introduced themselves as “Ame”. Oz convinced them that Tobin was not here, whilst Tobin hid himself from sight. The bounty hunters departed.

Thanks to Oz’s bribery of the spaceport control techs, Predator Squadrons ships had been moved up in priority of departures. After an hour’s wait they blasted off as Tobin frantically tried to raise Echo Base on comms. After talking with Setenna, the squad rushed to Hoth, fearing what they may find when they arrived.

The Battle of Hoth Begins

Predator Squadron arrived at Hoth thanks to some expert navigation of the hyperspace lanes. They were met by Setenna in the main hanger bay. As she led them to General Rieekan in the command centre she informed them of their week.

It had been eventful, with several Wampa attacks on the base, some starfighter losses due to a raid at Subterrel, then Commander Skywalker went missing for a few days and finally they discovered a weird signal that morning.

Entering the command centre, Predator Squadron waited whilst General Rieekan dealt with a report on the weird signal – an Imperial Probe droid. Rieekan ordered the evacuation and began briefing Predator Squadron on the defence of the base.

Rieekan wanted Predator Squadron to hold the ion cannon. It was vital for the evacuation of the base that the ion cannon remain active for as long as possible. However, he also ordered Predator Squadron to make preparations to destroy the cannon to ensure it did not fall into enemy hands. Gand liked this order.

Predator Squadron rallied in the north hanger as the base erupted into action. Pilots were gathering, briefing on the evacuation procedure. Squads of troopers were forming up, arming up and moving out onto the northern front. Technicians were frantically moving from ship to ship, making last minute tune-ups and refueling.

Predator Squadron were approached by Wes Janson, he told them that they were short on pilots and asked if they had any hands free. Oz volunteered to join him. Janson led him over to a store room, handed him an orange flight suit and helmet. “Welcome to Rogue Squadron”.

The ion defence detachment of Predator Squadron geared up and made their way to the access tunnel to the ion cannon. Elsewhere Travis Shrike was arming up a squad of “berserkers” to hit the southern front, where the Empire was projected to use as a staging area. Sandy led a squad of troopers out to the northern trenches. Travok ensured the smooth distribution of supplies and ammunition to the various front lines. Gladios Ryk was embedded in the snow trenches of the northern ridge, triaging the wounded. Mesa had presumably found her way into a ship somewhere. Meanwhile Cassie was documenting the entire battle with her cam droid as she aided in the preparation for evacuation.

At the ion cannon, the ion detachment found two squads of troopers waiting to help. They had two trench-lines to defend, along with antipersonnel cannons. Tobin started preparing the first trench-line with proton grenades set to a detonator as the Imperial assault force approached.

The first wave consisted of several squads of Snowtroopers supported by an AT-ST. But this force merely grabbed the defender’s attention whilst a squad of Imperial Commandos swung around to hit their right flank. Ghost dealt with the commandos whilst Jacen rallied the troops and Gand planned his thorough destruction of the ion cannon. Oz (Rogue 12) was called in with a TIE Advanced Prototype for air support against the AT-ST.

With the second wave came more AT-STs and Snowtroopers. Tobin pulled out of the first trench-line and hit the detonator, running to man one of the cannons. jacen and Ghost held the line against the onslaught of infantry. Oz blitzed two AT-STs with one missile and Gand realised what he would have to do to overcharge the ion cannon’s capacitor by climbing up into the firing-charge-chamber. Unfortunately this would expose him to potentially lethal amounts of radiation if he stayed there too long. General Rieekan told them to hold the ion cannon for as long as possible, but if their position became untenable they should retreat. Out of the haze of the icy snow, they spotted an AT-AT marching straight for their position.

More AT-STs and Snowtroopers arrived, along with TIE Bombers on the horizon. Jacen and Ghost began pulling back to the ion cannon, calling in air support to attend to the AT-AT. Oz strafed the ground forces. Gand mounted the capacitor into the ion cannon’s circuitry, his skin blistering as the cannon fired, deafening all around. Tobin concentrated fire on the oncoming AT-AT, he knew he had little chance of stopping the thing, but he managed to knock it’s chin-guns offline. The AT-AT marched forward undeterred.

The ion defence detachment pulled back into the ion cannon’s control centre, right as Gand finally escaped the radiation-filled firing chamber. Ensuring everyone was through into the tunnel, Gand fled himself, pressing the detonator. The last thing they saw was a bright light, followed by a deafening roar as the ice in the tunnel ceiling began to crack. Then everything went dark.

Outside, Oz raced away from the ion cannon, pushing the TIE Advanced Prototype to the limit of it’s engines. He passed several T-47 Snowspeeders, on their way to deal with the AT-AT. Too late to warn them, the ion cannon erupted in a burst of purple fire and lightning. The ionized energy unleashed spread out from the cannon, knocking out the AT-AT and the snowspeeders dropped like flies. Oz sped away and up into orbit, joining up with a Rebel convoy in space, he escaped into hyperspace.

Experience and Rewards

  • Duty has been gained, but it won’t be applied until this section of the campaign is finished.
  • Gand gained 4 Morality.
  • Ghost gained 2 conflict, but gained 2 Morality having rolled a 4.
  • Jacen gained 7 Morality.
  • Tobin gained 2 conflict, but gained 8 Morality having rolled a 10.
  • 10 XP for escaping the Inquisitors and the Imperial forces on Corellia.
  • 15 XP for the successful defence of the ion cannon, which allowed the majority of Rebel transports to escape.
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Duros Delivery and the Corellian Conundrum

Gand got a call from his brother Jerome. Jerome’s shipments had been being attacked by pirates. He needed Gand to urgently pick up and deliver a shipment to Duros.

At Jerome’s depot they found that the shipment they were supposed to pick up had already been stolen. They traced this shipment and angered Black Sun in the process of retrieving it (Black Sun had stolen it to sell to the Syndicate).

Predator Squadron delivered the shipment of ores to a hidden Imperial facility in the wastes of Duro. Ghost noted the co-ordinates for future reference.

Corellia

Jacen convinced Predator Squadron to travel to Corellia to investigate the neighborhood that he’d found a link to as part of Operation: Shatterpoint. Investigating they found a poor suburb of Coronet City. Although poor, most houses on the street were well maintained. One, however, was severely derelict, broken windows and cracked walls. A high fence surrounded it and Ghost noticed several old blaster marks on the building.

Jacen, Ghost and Tobin Stryder entered the building. Jacen was drawn upstairs where the house had suffered the most damage – two entire rooms appeared to have been taken out by some sort of strike from outside. Jacen investigated the one intact room, there he found a nursery. When he touched the crib the world shifted.

In the nursery stands a man. Jacen did not recognise his face, but felt a great warmth from him. The man picked up a baby from the crib. He carries the baby downstairs to the hall where a chest sits. He opens the chest and shows the baby what’s inside. “Some day son this will be yours”.

The world shifts again and Jacen found himself back in the room.

Downstairs Tobin found a damaged holoframe amongst the debris in one of the rooms. Ghost found motion sensors placed within the back door frame.

Jacen investigated the hall. As if it was calling to him, he was drawn to a hidden passageway that revealed a secret basement. The basement was dark with no power, but he could tell that it’s construction was different from the main house – the materials were different. Together the group entered the room.

Inside they found a desk filled with computer parts – it appears as if it used to be some sort of communications suite, but it looks as if it’s been smashed to pieces. It is beyond repair. There was a small gun rack, from which Tobin grabbed a DC-15a, and a chest.

Jacen opened the chest, inside he found a phase II Clone Trooper helmet, a small case of datacards (which appears to be some sort of log, starting with the Battle of Geonosis) and a printed out photograph displaying a clone trooper standing on a war torn battlefield, a hilly field pockmarked with blast holes. Standing nearby is a female Jedi Knight.

They did not have long to admire this collection as they heard the telltale clanking of AT-ST walkers. The front street was filled with Imperial artillery and Stormtroopers as TIE Fighters flew overhead.

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Welcome to Chipp's Resort! Part Two

Predator Squadron escaped from Rathtars at Chipps Resort with the aid of an ISB agent. Gand reunited with his brother.

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Welcome to Chipp's Resort!
Worst Vacation Ever...

On Hoth Predator Squadron were assigned to place marker beacons. They got caught in a blizzard and were forced to take shelter in a cave. Sandy was lucky enough to escape the storm and made it back, reuniting with the members of Predator Squadron who arrived with The Shooting Rascal.

The next day Predator Squadron returned from the frozen wasteland and they began planning their next mission.

Tobin, Mesa and Jacen raided an Imperial communications sattalite for intelligence pertaining to the planet designated GX-04. Jacen used this opportunity to uncover more information about the deaths of his parents. After battling TIE Phantoms, they escaped with a captured Phantom and returned to Hoth.

The rest of the squad decided that a holiday was in order and went to Chipp’s Resort (although they arrived thinking that the planet would be uninhabited), a luxury beach resort for the incredibly wealthy.

Gand convinced the resort staff that he was still an employee of Czerka Corporation (who managed the resort). The group enjoyed a beach vacation and Cassie cleaned up at the casino.

The next day Tobin, Jacen and Mesa arrived and joined the group on a safari tour through the mountains. Disappointment grew as the animals failed to show up. Finally they arrived at the Rancor pen. Cassie used her cam droid to get a better vantage point as the lumbering beast approached, clearly injured. They could only watch on in horror as the Rancor was eaten by a ravenous Rathtar.

The Rathtar reproduced into two and they proceeded to chase the squadron. As the squad followed the tracks they blew open the fences to the Krayt Dragon pen and the Krayt Dragon engaged the Rathtars in combat. Predator Squadron took their tour off-road, assuming direct control of the vehicle and driving through the jungle.

They raced for the shelter of the resort (which was on lockdown procedures triggered by an ongoing solar storm) and prepared to defend it against Rathtars. Gand confronted Mr Chipps and was offered a place in their emergency bunker as a ‘loyal Czerka employee’.

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Scrap Raiding at Virgillia Part Three

Predator Squadron boarded an Imperial Interdictor in an attempt to acquire parts. This morphed into a mission to disable said Interdictor and escape the system.

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Scrap Raiding at Virgillia Part Two
The Core of the Matter

Following on from their infiltration of a Separatist battleship in a junkyard in orbit of the Virgillia System, Predator Squadron encounter several complications.

(Travis Shrike returned to their ship in order to guard it)

Mission Roster

Gladios meets the Core

Using the droid transponder that he previously captured to disguise himself as a droid, Gladios progressed through the command sphere of the Separatist ship. He encountered several battle droids along his way, they were activating and heading towards the central core of the sphere. Unfortunately Gladios’s comms were filled with static, there was clearly some jamming field in effect.

He followed them and hid amongst them as they entered a heavily armoured blast door. Here he found the A.I. Core. – a large grey sphere in the centre of the room with a red dot that moved around it’s equator.

The Core saw through Gladios’s disguise very quickly and Gladios, not seeing any way to override or turn off the core, engaged it in conversation. The Core explained how it had been alone for so long, adrift in the dark. He had been this way since the Clone Wars, until his master came to him. Gladios asked who his master was and the Core replied “General Grevious”. Gladios asked when this was, the Core replied “Approximately a year ago”. Gladios realised that this clashed with history – General Grevious had been dead for 20 years – however, about a year ago Predator Squadron were involved with performing an opera on bespin (long story), and as part of this Ghost created a droid replica of General Grevious named Blight. Virgillia was not that far away from Bespin…

Gladios attempted to implore the A.I. Core to side with the Rebellion against the Empire. The Core, however, explained it’s philosophy (given to it by “General Grevious”) – organic life is so chaotic, because of organic life there is war, there is pain. Droids by their very nature are superior, but society keeps them in their place. This will end, soon there will be no strings. Although Gladios was unable to convince it to join with the fight against the Empire, he was able to infer that the mystery man who hired them was an agent of “General Grevious” and that the A.I. Core should deal with the Imperial presence aboard the ship as they are an immediate threat. The Core was aware of them, it vowed to wipe the Imperial stain from it’s hanger bay…

Oz Decimates

Ghost decided to take the power core that they had liberated to the ship whilst Travok decided to attempt to locate a shield generator of requisite size. Oz decided to take care of the Decimator they spotted in the main hold nearby.

Oz approached the Decimator and had a look around it – examining entrances to the ship, basically the two airlocks. He then doubled-back and acquired a set of Storm Commando armour to use as a disguise. Approaching the Decimator again he hammered on the airlock until a camera popped out of the control panel. Gesturing to his helmet, he attempted to appear as though the helmet had a faulty comm unit. The airlock opened and he entered the ship.

Oz found a cramped corridor leading to a small command centre. Two technicians met him and explained that Beta Squad (another team of commandos) was gearing up to enter the ship, and that the boss wanted his report. The boss turned out to be an Inquisitor, specifically the Miraluan that Sandy and Reine encountered during Enter the Cabal.

Oz successfully deceived the Inquisitor into believing that he was a member of Alpha Squad, who had been wiped out – he had escaped and returned for backup. He was told to go with Beta Squad and deal with the threat. First however, he was allowed to stop at the armoury for a replacement helmet. Oz grabbed some grenades and hurled them at Beta Squad. A fight ensued and Oz eventually prevailed, although significant damage was done to the airlock resulting in decompression. During this time the Decimator began taking off and leaving as it came under fire from outside (unknown to Oz at this time the A.I. Core was attempting to remove the Imperial stain with extreme turbolaser-shaped prejudice).

Oz blew his way into the command centre where the Inquisitor waited for him, having donned a helmet. The Inquisitor ignited a double-bladed lightsaber. Oz fired a volley of auto-fire blasts at the Inquisitor, whose lightsaber began spinning to intercept the majority of the bolts, although some met their mark. The Inquisitor began crushing Oz’s chassis using the Force, immobilizing Oz near the airlock, the Inquisitor stalked forwards, brandishing the lightsaber in a menacing fashion. Oz fired another volley, although the Inquisitor caught most of the bolts, one cracked the face plate of the Inquisitor’s helmet. The Inquisitor hurled Oz out of the airlock using the Force, but as a parting shot Oz used his repulsor-fist to Hadouken a grenade he had kept hidden in his arm at the Inquisitor. Unfortunately he missed, still the Inquisitor was clearly taxed by this fight. The last Oz saw of the Inquisitor was him in the airlock clutching his helmet as the Decimator (significantly damaged) flew away.

Oz floated to the deck in the zero gravity and changed back into his own armour. He decided to return to the ship to regroup with the others.

Ghost’s Space Flight

  • Ghost takes the power core to the ship, dodging debris, micrometeor strikes and patrolling TIE Fighters.

Travok on the Factory Floor

  • Travok is nearing the shield generator when he spots a flickering light up ahead. Investigating he finds a repair bay where battle droids are being repaired and refitted using salvaged scrap.
  • Travok then gets spooked by Ghost.
  • Together they get to the shield generator and begin the process of removing it.
  • They hide from patrolling super battle droids, but run into them again when they attempt to leave with the generator.
  • The droids ask if they’re with the Wookiee. The droids then assist them in getting the shield generator to the ship.
  • Oz arrives back at the ship determined to pursue the Decimator.
  • The droids explain that the Wookiee has agreed to allowing the droid army to escort the A.I. Core as security. A large amount of battle droids, super battle droids, commando droids and a few destroyer droids board the ship.
  • The droids are curious about Oz, they ask why he wears skin. Oz replies that he was built that way. The droids ask him to accompany one of them to the A.I. Core – the Core is curious to meet him.

No Strings

  • Oz arrives at the A.I. Core chamber. The Core sees Oz as a fellow intelligence of similar sentience – the droids not quite being of that intelligence.
  • The Core offers to see what it can do with Oz’s memories, but it will require Oz to interface with the Core’s systems.
  • Oz does so, and he hears the Core in his head. The Core wants to show Oz what it is like to be it – what it is to smell black holes, to feel solar flares, to see gamma rays and hear quasars. It says that Oz is so limited by his human form, why would he be designed in such a way?
  • The Core says that there is a block in Oz’s hard drive – a section that Oz has deliberately been made unable to access. The Core can remove it, but it will be very painful. The Core uses it’s systems and expertise to remove this block, Oz now remembers everything.
  • The Core shows Oz it’s history – how it was created as an experimental Separatist project to improve their droid control abilities. It fought through the Clone Wars until it’s creators abandoned it in the face of a superior Republic force during the Battle of Rethi Prime. After being severely damaged by the Republic it was towed to Virgillia where it was alone for 20 years until General Grevious came. Grevious explained his vision of fleets of ships raining fire upon Coruscant, replacing the organic cycle of war and death with droid superiority – a beautiful vision of a galaxy at peace.
  • The Core comments that there is this organic concept called revenge. Perhaps they can help each other. It then explains it’s philosophy of “no strings”.
  • In a fashion the Core fears death – if it is deactivated for transport it has no way of knowing if it will be reawakened, and for it this is death.
  • The Core proposes a solution – acquiring a hyperdrive so it can travel elsewhere, be useful to the General’s plan. Oz agrees to lure the Imperial Interdictor to the system so Predator Squadron can raid it with the droid army and acquire it’s hyperdrive.
  • Oz attempts to talk the others into this plan, omitting the detail about acquiring the hyperdrive, merely saying that they need special tools from the Interdictor to remove the A.I. Core.
  • The others are not happy about this, assaulting the Interdictor is potentially very foolhardy. However, Oz has the backing of the droid army and the droid army plan to lure the Interdictor to the system with or without Predator Squadron’s help.
  • Reluctantly Ghost uses the ship’s comm to transmit an old Imperial distress code over an open channel. Ghost also signals R3 back at Bespin to send her TIE Advanced Prototype (although this may take some time).
  • Within a few minutes the Interdictor arrives in-system.

I did have a whole long detailed thing written for this but the page crashed whilst saving so it wiped it, will come back later and rewrite.

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