Star Wars: Predators

The Heart of the Tempest Part Two

Curse Your Sudden, But Inevitable Betrayal!

Mission Roster

Note: “Team Resh” in the tag refers to this unit of Predator Squadron. “Team Jenth” refers to the other unit that is currently attempting to re-trace the legacy of Suljo Warde in Chronicles of the Gatekeeper

Oz split off from Jacen and Xerxes to attempt to lure the Imperials off them. Maybe even get some sabotaging in.

The Bridge

Jacen and Xerxes at the bridge confrontation with Lieutenant Klevic (a Super Stormtrooper held Cassie’s unconscious body over a chasm and he demanded Predator Squadron’s surrender). Jacen and Xerxes discussed it a bit. They thought they needed proof that Mesa was still alive (so they knew the Empire could make good on their promise to execute her).

In response to this Klevic activates a switch on his wrist triggering a spotlight – turns out the Empire had Mesa in the upper levels of the room. She had nothing save for her Imperial flag-cape and a sniper rifle. Mesa decides to shoot Jacen’s backpack (hoping to trigger the Baradium charges). Mesa hits the backpack, but ended up dropping her rifle over the side.

Jacen and Xerxes discussed the situation a little more – they came to the conclusion that it’d be best to run the hell away, and besides Klevic probably wouldn’t throw Cassie into a chasm. So they leave and Klevic looks up at Mesa and says “I’m a man of my word” and has the Super Stormtrooper toss Cassie off the bridge.

Communication Difficulties

Meanwhile Tobin has awoke groggy from his painkillers last session. He sneaks his way through the facility, doing his best to dodge patrols and AT-STs. He uses the drainage system to get into the administration building. Pursued by a patrol he runs into a room filled with computer terminals – turns out its a communications suite. Struggling with the guards inside, he sets up a distraction that gave him enough time to access the system and get a brief message off to the Alliance (warning them that Predator Squadron’s mission here has ran into significant trouble, and that they should be advised that any rescue they mount is likely to fall into a trap).

He prepared a Baradium charge to destroy the communications room, before diving out the window and using his grappling hook to get to safety as it detonated.

Xerxes and Jacen escaped their pursuers and are in an elevator heading for the communications suite when they hear an explosion. They comm Tobin, but before they can get far in talking, they run into the Imperial reinforcements that were heading for the communications suite.

They say “Nope. Nope. Nope.” and get back into the elevator, only to hear a Super Stormtrooper land on top. They get off at the next floor and divert the elevator lower into the facility (after an unsuccessful attempt to set up their Baradium charge in the elevator). Tobin tells Jacen and Xerxes that they should make their way to the hanger and find a ship, he’ll try and distract the Empire to give them time to escape, maybe even take out the Grand Moff.

Unfortunately it isn’t long until Jacen and Xerxes got caught in a ray-shield trap. They escape it, but run into Stormtroopers defending the access-way out of the admin facility. Xerxes gets blasted here, having been run down last session and out of stimpacks, he goes down. Jacen decides to leave him behind.

Next thing Xerxes knows, he’s waking up in a cell and being treated by a medical droid. An Imperial officer leads Mesa into the cell, informs Mesa that her job now is to interrogate the prisoner and then leaves. The door locks behind him, so clearly Mesa is as much a prisoner as he is.

Kevlan’s Domain

After having to climb over there underneath the main walkway and avoiding airspeeder patrols, Tobin uses the Force to create an illusion to distract the Super Stormtroopers guarding the door to the newer facility.

Inside he gets a good look at how Super Stormtroopers are made – the vats they grow in, etc. Grand Moff Kevlan starts addressing him over the internal speaker system, informing him that he’s currently filling out an Imperial Intelligence kill-order on Tobin’s mother (a contingency in case Tobin succeeds in killing him).

This obviously angers Tobin, so he uses his lightsaber to cut his way into the depths of the facility. Stormtroopers start swarming, but Tobin gets to the point where he thinks it connects to the strut outside. He pulls out the last Baradium charge and primes it. Unfortunately by this point he’s completely surrounded.

An elevator descends from the walkway above and out steps Cassie, now wearing an Imperial uniform. Grand Moff Kevlan explains that she is ‘Agent Bindun’ (a codename Cassie has previously used to help you infiltrate an Imperial facility). Cassie then explains how she is an Imperial double agent, Klevic earlier faked her death with a repulser field for Mesa’s benefit. All the insanity that has gone on over this mission has actually been Cassie’s fault, not Mesa’s (although Mesa did also betray the team).

With this revelation, Tobin loses his will to fight (although with the earlier triumph on his check to set up the Baradium charge, he used it to create a convincing fake casing and detonator). He handed the fake charge over to Cassie and slipped the trigger into his cybernetic limb.

Jacen’s Flight

Jacen uses a Force illusion to get his way onboard an Imperial shuttle in the hanger. There he uses its comm unit to try and call Mara Jade. Unfortunately she didn’t answer.

Seeing Imperial troops coming to check the shuttle, he takes off. Unfortunately he got a little caught between the city defences and the hurricane billowing outside. This damaged the shuttle a fair bit. He gets into orbit with TIE Fighters on his tale, he realises he’s still got to survive long enough to get to hyperspace. That’s when his comm starts beeping – It’s Tobin’s comm code, but it’s Cassie on the other end.

She convinces him to surrender. Which he does on the condition he gets his one comm call, so he returns to the city and is arrested.

Kevlan Victorious

Jacen gets put in a cell. They wheel in a secured comm system (which the Empire can shut off at any moment, and they warn him they’ll monitor it). He uses it to call Mara Jade. This time she answers – she tells him she’s having a bad day. He bets his is worse, she asks if he’s been stabbed in the kidney, because she has. She explains that things have gone badly with the Inquisition, she killed the Miraluan, but the brutish human managed to get a good blow in at her before she took his arm off and escaped. She refused to provide any further details, she couldn’t help Jacen’s current situation and he may have made things worse for her by calling. He shouldn’t contact her, she’d find him.

Mesa and Xerxes were basically at each others throats whilst sharing the cell.

Then the torture started

Cassie was led to Grand Moff Kevlan’s office by Lieutenant Klevic. Klevic looked through the door, before gesturing that Cassie should wait in the foyer. From this position Cassie overheard the following conversation:

A voice (not Kevlan’s) comes from the office, “The Emperor is a fool”.

“The Death Star project will backfire, as it did before. He is too blind to see it. Despite my repeated warnings, he underestimates the Rebels and thinks the natives too technologically primitive to be a threat. That will be his downfall, and it will happen soon. We must be ready. Are you back on schedule?”

“Yes, now that the insurrection has been dealt with and our back-up site is ready Koa Nai estimates that it won’t be long until we are ready,” Kevlan’s voice replies.

“This is sufficient. Chaos will rule in the aftermath and then we can restore order”.
Kevlan again, “The Rebels have gotten closer: they took out our facility at GX-04. Although the adjustments to our defences that you suggested have worked, they have traced us to Kamino”.

“That is immaterial. Send me your data on the battle, and I will re-evaluate your defences. You have done well, Kevlan”.

“Thank you, Grand Admiral Thrawn”.

After this conversation Grand Moff Kevlan called Cassie in and congratulated her on the success of the mission, he was very proud. Kevlan plans to transfer the captured members of Predator Squadron to an Imperial black-site facility and use them as bait for the rest of the squad. (Lieutenant Klevic voiced the opinion that it would be simpler, less risky to kill them here and now, but Kevlan mentioned having a longer goal in mind and something about potentially removing the Inquisition as a future threat). The Grand Moff also asks Cassie where her loyalties truly lie – with him, or the people she’s fought alongside. She answers “I’m loyal to victory”.

Back in their cells the squad are subjected to further torments. Tobin had an old Imperial Intelligence recording of his father and Dillinger played to him:

They talked about a ‘Coven’, and how they were out of time. Tobin’s father remarked that they were likely to be discovered soon, Dillinger said that their plan would force him to be an absentee father. Tobin’s father said they had no choice.

Meanwhile Mesa had her Black Sun interrogation played to her, and Xerxes was locked in a room with Mesa.

The squad were individually transferred to an Imperial transport, Cassie and Klevic gloating along the way (Cassie wearing the group’s lightsabers as trophies). They get onboard the transport uneventfully, Klevic departing for his own starfighter and his own mission.

They break atmosphere and the shutters retract on the viewports. Cassie is being commed by Kevlan. Tobin removes the hidden detonator from his arm and pulls it. On her comm Cassie hears an explosion, right before it breaks up.

Tobin then forces his cell door open, only to find Cassie at his door holding his lightsaber. She hands it to him and asks what he’s waiting for, help her get the others out! It turns out she was a triple agent, her main aim to use the capturing of the squad to expose Kevlan’s back-up facility and then turn on him and assassinate her father.

Predator Squadron Strike Back

They break out of their cells and recover their equipment from a storage crate. As they progress through the ship they notice the layout is eerily familiar. As they get upstairs they realise that the Empire have refitted the Honey Badger to transport them to prison.

They take over the ship (although there was significant damage to one corridor and the kitchen/galley area) and come out of hyperspace. They’re in orbit of a large frozen wasteland of a planet. A series of mysterious satellites surround the planet. After some time a navigation beacon starts pinging from the surface.

(Oz stowed aboard one of the escape pods with the intention of rescuing the party)

Cassie’s orders from Kevlan were to drop the squad off at a facility on the surface.

Tobin took the opportunity to seek Kevlan with the Force. He sensed nothing. Presumably Kevlan has found a watery grave.

They decide to “Nope the hell out of here” (although Tobin wanted to investigate, everyone else wanted to return to the Alliance fleet).

As they’re tinkering with the navicomputer they realise a couple of things:

  1. They’re deep in the Unknown Regions, it’ll be a miracle if they can even find their way out of here.
  2. This planet is designated ‘Ice 9’ (previously mentioned by Ghost as where she trained in the Force).
  3. This planet’s co-ordinates matches up precisely with an ancient Star Map. Gand and Tobin are the only members left from before the squad joined the Rebellion. They were supposed to investigate this region of space for Czerka Corporation, but ended up getting caught up in the Rebellion.

Mesa manages to programme the navicomputer, and luckily is able to chart a route back to this planet. As the Honey Badger accelerates to hyperspace, one of the satellites comes online and the ship gets caught with the edge of an energy blast of some kind. The squad have no ea what kind of damage it did, but immediately after entering hyperspace radiation alarms began blaring.

Rewards and Experience

  • 20XP for this session.
  • Cassie gained 23 Counter-Intelligence Duty.
  • Tobin gained 23 Sabotage Duty.
  • Jacen gained 18 Support Duty.
  • Mesa gained 5 Space Superiority Duty.
  • Jacen’s Morality was triggered today. He gained 13 Conflict, rolling 5, leaving him with a net result of -16. Taking his Morality score to 27.
  • Tobin gained 5 Conflict, rolling 7, leaving him with a net result of +2. Taking his Morality score to 76.

Comments

I note that the overheard conversation between Grand Moff Kevlan and Grand Admiral Thrawn seemed to provoke some discussion. e.g. It being the first in-game reference to a second Death Star. Some people speculated that his use of the phrase “restore order” may have had connotations to the First Order.

I’m not going to confirm anything, but I thought the comments section might be a useful if anyone did want to note anything down for the future.

The Heart of the Tempest Part Two
YelshaNu

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