Note: “Team Jenth” in the tag refers to this unit of Predator Squadron. “Team Resh” will refer to the other unit that is currently working closely with the Rebel Alliance.
- Before their departure from the Alliance, the group buys an array of gear (link to gear list so people know what’s there and who has claimed what), mostly funded by Cassie’s gambling winnings.
- Team Jenth departs for Arbooine. Travok tampers with the intercom and discovers the inbuilt music player – a playlist selected by Kaltho the Hutt.
After a long journey, the group arrives at Arbooine:
As you break through Arbooine’s atmosphere, a dense, impenetrable canopy of green spreads out before you, broken here and there by mountains and massive lakes. The gatekeeper provides you with coordinates for the town of Quolas, but when you arrive, the thick foliage prevents you from visually confirming the settlement’s exact location, let alone landing there. Finally you spot a clearing along the bank of a river, several kilometers from where you believe the town to be.
After a day of walking through the forest amongst the rain, the group comes to rest and make camp near a huge elrit tree. Travok and Gand decide to go hunting, running into trouble with a nest of Bearsloths. Travok uses a signal flare in an attempt to get help from camp, but he miscalculated the trajectory and it started a sizable fire. Luckily this intimidated the Bearsloths into backing off and Travok and Gand made it back to camp with 2 Bearsloth arms for dinner.
The next day, approximately a third of the way into their projected walk, they run into some travellers on the road – the Jiarlo family. Their leader, Kirril, trades with the group for Bearsloth venom. They inform Predator Squadron that they aren’t too far from the town and advise them to be wary of Quolas’s Reeve – he is a suspicious person. They also inform them that they encountered a Togruta named Sandraudiga, who is choice-kin with the Jiarlo family, having saved Kirril’s life. They advise the group to stay with the farmer, Jyl Korlis, a friendly face.
After some expert navigation from Ghost they arrive at Quolas, at approximately midday:
Before you looms an elrit tree of truly gargantuan proportions, dwarfing those around it. Easily three hundred meters across at its base, the trunk rises high into the forest canopy, almost disappearing from sight. This is no mere tree, however, as evident from the many suspended, woven orbs, carved structures and the bridges connecting it to surrounding trees. This is your destination – the city of Quolas.
After entering through the huge iron gates of Quolas, Predator Squadron make their way into the city and find Sandy at the Korlis farm, where he is working in exchange for a place to stay. R5-G8 is also with him, the little droid has had something of a makeover, his metal panels having been replaced with solid elrit wood, painted a deep red and purple and engraved with gold Sathari writings. Sandy seems to have really adapted to the local culture.
(Travok attempts to appraise R5 – he’s gone up in value, 16,000 credits or so now, possibly more if sold as a one-of-a-kind art piece.)
- Ghost and Torani go to the market where they see a scroll seller being hustled for taxes. They acquire a ‘rebate’ for the scroll seller.
- Travok and Gand catch up a bit with Sandy.
- Ghost and Torani come to a Sathari Temple, Sandy and the others are also there; after their work day the Sathari come to give thanks to the Ancestors. On the way they notice that people are going out of their way to avoid guards.
- They listen to the service and afterwards Sandy talks to the administrator. Sandy has been attempting to seek an audience with Marcolf through the religious leader, the administrator says that he does not have the influence with the Reeve that he once did, but will keep trying.
- The group witness a play that tells of Marcolf’s arrival and his history with the town.
- After some gambling with some locals they retire to the barn for the night.
A New Day in Quolas
The next day the group are awoken as R5 makes breakfast for Sandy and Travok. Travok pays the droid for the cost of everyone’s breakfast – R5 appreciates this because it shows that he’s a good business-droid.
On the way to the market that day they pass by the Pillar of Ancestors:
Before you stands an ancient, ornately carved column that extends hundreds of meters into the sky. At the base of the column, a number of guards are attempting to contain a crowd of angry Sathari. As you approach, you overhear shouts from the assembled citizens and see that both sides are growing increasingly agitated. Violence hangs in the air, palpable but not yet realized.
The guards are overseeing the removal of old carvings – the history of the town – and replacing them with tributes to Marcolf and his great deeds. This angers Predator Squadron greatly, inspiring Sandy and Travok to make an impassioned plea to the guards. They rally the crowd and convince the lead guardsmen to get them an audience with Marcolf.
Ghost watches this from a distance, ready to intervene if necessary.
The guard hurries off, right as an arm snatches Travok out of the crowd – he’s pulled aside from a young Sathari named Pathran Helshar who explains that he wishes to remove Marcolf from power, he has a resistance movement. The group is hesitant because his clan are one of the two powerful families and from their understanding, their feud led to Marcolf being installed in the first place.
Pathran departs hurriedly as the guards return – the group has been granted an audience with the Reeve.
Confronting the Reeve
They arrive at the Reeve’s mansion:
_ The Reeve’s manor is by far the largest building in the boughs of the tree-city. Although it was originally a single, massive orb of woven wood, it is clear where Marcolf has added to the original structure with rooms, towers, balconies, and two extra levels. The manor complex is accessible by a single, wide bridge. In the nearby branches sit several adjacent guardhouses, servants quarters, and a private Tarvix stable, all conveniently accessible from the main house. Guards stand at the main entrance and patrol along the walkways of the complex. Marcolf’s dwelling looks prepared for a siege._
Ghost follows from a discrete distance and sets up an overwatch position overlooking the main entrance bridge.
Upon entering the ornately carved entrance hall they are asked to surrender their weapons by the guards. Travok manages to get his sword-cane through and Sandy convinces them that his lightsaber is harmless, but otherwise the group is disarmed.
They are then shown into the throne room:
_ As you enter the great hall of the Reeve’s estate, flanked by guards, a Mirialan waits for you, casually sat on the ornate wooden throne, a fine purple cloak around his shoulders. His dark hair is greying at the temples, and his eyes are sunken, his face creased seemingly before his time. The man observes coldy as he greets you: “Welcome to my home, I am Gel Marcolf, Reeve of Quolas”._
They discuss with the Reeve what they have seen of his town, at first he seems open to what they say, that there must be some changes in approach. However, as the conversation progresses, his tone changes.
They mention that they know of Warde – they have his Holocron. Marcolf responds that Warde abandoned him. Sandy and Travok try to convince him that Warde probably had intentions to come back, but was likely killed with the rest of the Jedi. “Yes,” he replies, “Leaving me the heir to his legacy”. Marcolf then ordered his guards to seize the group so he could acquire the Holocron.
As the guards moved in Sandy rushed straight for Marcolf, clashing with lightsabers – Marcolf’s blue to Sandy’s orange. Travok attempted to prevent the honour guards from intervening, two went for Travok as two went for Sandy.
Gand jet-booted to the main entrance where their weapons were kept, grabbing his rifle he fired upon the nearest guards on stun. Unfortunately he would quickly run out of ammo.
Outside, Ghost lay down covering fire upon the exterior bridge to prevent the guards from getting inside.
In the throne room Sandy disarmed Marcolf of his lightsaber, then of Marcolf’s sword. He used the Force to pull Marcolf’s lightsaber to him – holding them in a scissored manner to Marcolf’s neck. Sandy took a moment to look down upon the Reeve – seeing the fear in Marcolf’s eyes, Sandy declared that he was sentenced to die in the name of the New Jedi Order. Sandy beheaded Marcolf, ending his reign.
As things now stand, Ghost is outside, Gand is facing off against 6 guards in the entrance hall whilst Travok, Torani and Sandy have 4 royal guards in the throne room.
Rewards and Experience
- 5XP for killing Marcolf.
- 5XP for stopping the desecration of the Piller of Anscestors.
- 5XP for investigating Quolas’s history and preventing the guards from abusing their power.
- Gand gained 4 conflict, rolled 4, so remained at the same Morality.
- Ghost gained 2 conflict, rolled 5, so gained 3 Morality.
- Sandy gained 12 conflict, rolled 2, so lost 10 Morality.