Star Wars: No Disintegrations

Vacuum Sealed

We picked up a easy run of transporting alcohol to “The Wheel” space port. We had tried to negotiate a fair price for using our ship, but ended in an argument and a price less than typical jobs would pay. Nonetheless, we needed the credits and reputation. Plus the job didn’t pay too bad, as long as we avoided any imperial tariffs and contact. It was going to be a three day hyperspace jump off beaten path to get there. This would put us in port a full day ahead of schedule. So when we stumbled upon a distress signal from a freighter we investigated. We were very aware that this could be a trap and probably was. Maybe it was our want to help a fellow smuggler, or the possibility of a reward, or chase for adventure. Whatever drove us to dock and board the ship our inexperience as smugglers hadn’t prepared us for the situation that lie ahead.

Inside the distressed ship there were no signs of the crew. Lights were flashing and it was difficult to see. As we made our way toward the bridge, I saw movement out of the corner of my eye. Pirates… its an ambush!! The fight was on. Two pirates were dropped by blaster fire. One managed to lob a gas grenade next to Nathan. Nathan was then stunned and incapacitated from the heavy blaster for the pirate captain. While Ish was running in circles trying to stab anything in front of him with his new shiny combat knife, Fix was able to get the lights back to working in the pirate ship. This allowed for a clear shot which dropped the pirate captain. Unfortunately in the blaster fire several bolts hit the side of the ships hull slicing open a large hole where everything, and everyone was discharged into the vacuum of space. At least the pirates were all dead…

In a frantic attempt at a rescue Fix tried to undock from the pirate ship, but just could seem to get detached from it. Ish shot a tether toward Nathan and I from the airlock, but with all the debris and havoc the shot had no chance of making contact with either of us. The force was on my side. The corpse of a dead pirate floated within range. I detonated a gas grenade from his utility belt to fling me toward Nathan’s unconscious body. The force did not stay with me for long as I missed grabbing Nathan by only a few inches. I was in between Ish and Nathan, when Ish was able to make a second shot with the tether. This time it struck Nathan. I was able to grab on to the tether as Ish pulled us back in. Fix slammed the door behind us and the peril we faced was over. Nathan was conscious again, but clearly suffering long term injuries from the affects of suffocation. At least he was alive. With all on board again we left behind the wrecked ship, its pirate crew, and cargo and headed to The Wheel. Despite the near death of two people the anticipation of a good payout from our contract job puts some spirit in us.

The Wheel… At least we wont be left out in the cold there.

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Warren Clan

No sign of Bivv on Tattooine. It was dumb of me to get my hopes up, it’d been years since he even mentioned making runs to and from Tattooine, but I could tell that he’d let too much slip as soon as he’d said it. He’d always kept tight-lipped around the warren, mom had never really approved, but the money he was able to bring back kept us afloat and out from under SoroSuub, and he’d always come back safe, so it was never brought up.

Bivvy was the oldest of the 9 of us, and I was right in the middle but, we’d always gotten along the with each other the best, neither of us were particularly academically minded, but we’d always been able to take something apart and put it back together in a way that would make it more dangerous; we’d never hurt anyone or done anything wrong per-se, but there’s just something satisfying about a nanowave that can liquify a commlink. We were separated by about 8 cycles, but that had never stopped us from going to the same places or spending weekends tinkering with less-than completely legal tech.

Most weeks he would spend offworld, but he’d usually be back for our big dinner when the weekend came, he’d hardly ever missed it, but after two weeks without seeing him it was hard not acknowledge his absence. There’s a lot that goes unsaid in the warren, but you can always tell something big is up when our parents excuse us from the hall after the weekend meal. We all used to press our ears up against the door or use drinking glasses on the walls in an attempt to hear what was going on, but our parents were no fools; it’s hard saying how many times we’d been caught. It was lucky for us though that it had been a while, and that Bivv and I had recently come up with a bug that would allow us to hear the whole conversation.

There are 5 adults in the family; Mom’s the leader, just like in any warren-clan, and our dads each have their own role that they play, but they always come out as a united front in family decisions. There was a lot of worry, not just about Bivvy, but about what happens to the family without the credits that he’d been bringing back. It didn’t take long for all of us kids to realize that the situation was serious, we all agreed to put on a happy face for our parents while doing our best to cut out non-necessities, while finding ways to contribute around the warren.

It was my older sister and brothers that decided to take on work, but I decided that the best way to help was to leave, not only could I look for Bivvy, but I’d be one less mouth to feed, if I were lucky I might even be able to come up with some credits to send back home.
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Swamp Things

The maiden voyage of the Stargazer went remarkably smooth. Jabba the Hutt couldn’t be bothered with meeting us, which to me was just fine. Under the radar is how I like to fly. We were assigned an easy starter job working for a toydarian in that planets capital. We made good speed taking 10 days to get there on the ship.

We landed and made our way to the new toydarian market district to meet our contact. Domdees was a bearded toydarian who was very excited about his new gig cooking for the king. He needed some rare mushrooms to cook his special dish. He offered 1,000 credits each to collect 2 kg of mushrooms. We agreed and set off on foot to the marsh lands.
Trudging through the swamp wasn’t my idea of the perfect way to travel and part of me wanted to take the ship and chance the no fly restrictions. We made our way to a large pond and I was able to keep my head above the water. Samiel seemed to not be faring well in the swampy conditions. As we were mid-point in the lake Fix was attacked by some water snakes. Gadik was fast on his feet and ran out of the water to get to the high ground. He pivoted and spun around raising his blaster rifle and unloaded killing 2 of the creatures. The creatures retaliated and one bit Gadik while the other one tried to drag Fix under water. I was able to make it to dry land and quick drawing my Genosian heavy blaster I made a quick shot at the one trying to eat Gadik and then fired twice more at the one on Fix.

Within seconds the battle was over but left me wondering what we got ourselves into. We were able to find one tree that had a small outcropping of the mushrooms growing on it. Fix offered to climb the tree but made it halfway before he fell down. After making sure he was okay we were surprised by some imperial storm troopers checking on the noise. Apparently we were close to a base and they lost troopers recently. Samiel was able to convince them were out mushroom hunting and not killing troopers for fun.

After they left us alone I offered to get the mushrooms this time. I scaled the tree quickly almost feeling the hand holds before I saw them. I was only able to grab ½ kg of mushrooms and fix set up the chilling unit to flash freeze so that we could add more without losing this batch. Samiel was able to find a cave with what seemed to be a lot of mushrooms in it. Gadik used his night scope to check the cave and was able to see no visible threats but there was green laminate armor lying on the floor.

Suddenly 4 flashing lights started around us. I quickly composed my senses reaching out to feel out the environment. And as always I rested my right hand on my holstered genosian heavy blaster. Suddenly a feeling of friendliness and submissiveness washed over me and I immediately fought those feelings. Gadik and Fix seemed to be unaffected and bored with the lights moved to collect the mushrooms we needed. Samiel had a glazed over look about him and was trying to make friends with the lights.
Slowly they seemed to circle around Samiel than as I was looking to see what Gadik was doing I heard Samiel stop talking when I looked at him again he was shriveled up and he was laying down holding his right foot. He was still talking calmly as if trying to sweet talk the lights when he collapsed. I immediately drew my blaster and shot one knocking it back a step. Gadik followed up killing it and clipping another of the creatures. Fix unloaded his clip on the wounded creature expending all his ammo but killing it.

I shot the third creature knocking it off balance. The creature seemed to fall back and try to force me to submit to his will again. Ready for his tricks I resisted and was able to keep my bearings when the second camouflaged killer attempted to attack me. Gadik moved into a better firing position and shot the third creature dead. Left alone with the final invisible stalker I shot with my genosian blaster unloading the clip and overwhelming him. With my main weapon dry I pulled my death hammer out from behind my back and shot left handed missing it narrowly. I dodged another of its attacks finally ending his life with a couple of shots from my trusty backup blaster.

Fix hit Samiel with a stimpack and made him a crutch for his leg. Gadik got the mushrooms and we were off once again trudging through the swamps. Meeting up with Domdees we received payment and made it back to the ship. I’m pretty sure we aren’t doing any swamp crawls again. After 3 showers I’m finally starting to feel like myself again.

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Fledgling

You spend time in school, knowing that the odds are you’ll end up at Soro Suub, probably in a factory fitting machined pieces, or mining and milling raw materials. Spending time underground and under the cloudy cover of Sullust might be comfortable, but you never really grasp what’s beyond the atmosphere, even with the holovids and the stories that make it back with the rare few who get offworld regularly. It hasn’t been long but there are a few things I’ve learned pretty quickly; everything in this universe is broken, nothing works right, nobody’s afraid to shoot at you, and you can get away with anything as long as you’re fast enough and don’t make too much of a name for yourself.

On Sullust everything makes sense, we’re all cogs in an efficient machine and there isn’t any reason to bend the rules, that’s apparently not how life works everywhere else. It’s difficult to find the line for normality among this group; there’s little concern among them for the bounties on our heads, regularly taking near-lethal damage, shifting drugs, and opening fire on establishments with stolen ships. I’d be lying if I said I weren’t a little home-sick, but since landing on Tattooine I’ve achieved a resting state of thrill and being terrified.

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Just redecorating the throne room

With the Ryl spice sold we had some extra cash to look into buying the weapons for our cover with Duke Piddock. Gadik picked out one of the heavy blaster rifles and I spied a nice heavy blaster pistol. There seemed to be nothing left to do but wait til morning so we grabbed as much sleep as we could. I usually have difficulty sleeping so I bought some good corellian brandy to help wind down with.
In the morning we met with Duke Dimmock and did our best to convince him to aid us and cut off ties with Teemo. He was mildly convinced and he agreed to call off his guards to let us board a shipment going to Teemo.

When we arrived on gantry AA7 there only appeared to be 2 guards and we discreetly made our way to them. Unfortunately, a shot rang out in the distance probably from a bounty hunter and clipped Gadik. I drew my pistol and quickly shot a stun round at the guards but I missed. Gadik and Fix were able to drop the two guards who went down as if on cue. The bounty hunter harried us with blaster shots and all but Samiel made it to the ship. Gadik being the stoic fighter ran out to save him and we were able to leave trelllic hive with all haste.

Once we arrived at Mos Shutta we encountered another problem as the landing pad we were supposed to use to get into the palace was occupied. The twins had to set the shuttle down at the opposite end of town. With a little help from the veteran smugglers I was able to convince the part to enter the hutt’s hideout inside the crates of droid parts.

Once inside we made our way to the communication hub and Fix was able to download an incoming transmission showing that Teemo was spying on Jabba. Even though we were supposed to kill Teemo I suggested we send this info to Jabba and let him deal with the upstart Hutt. I suggested to use the Dune Lizard to make our escape but Samiel didn’t think he could hold on to the outside of the hull.

There was much debate about fighting our way out but with the Imperial barracks right outside and having to run by it on our way to the shuttle I didn’t see that as an option. I suggested I piloted the ship and blast the palace to give the team a way to escape in the confusion.

After a few minutes of talking I jumped in the ship and powered it up. I noticed insect parts at the bottom of the ship and figured this was probably the jerk that tried to kill us’ ship. Lifting off I swung around and heard Gadik tell someone to “Stick their hands up.” “Shit,” I thought they were waiting for my attack run to rush out with no fighting. Oh well, I lined up my shot and scored a devastating hit on the throne room ceiling collapsing it inward. “Hopefully I got that worm,” I said into the communicator. I heard fighting still going on so I swung around and tried to shoot open the gates but by this time the Imperials were up and ready for a fight. I took a rocket to my fender and speed off hoping the team made it out alright.

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Infinity and Beyond

We left New Meen in a better position than when we arrived. But I wonder for how long? The drive back to Nabat was very quiet so I decided to speak up. “So where are we going from here guys,” I asked?

I paused as no one really answered. This was really the first time we were able to talk alone about our future. I looked back over my shoulder toward Samiel and Gadik. “We need to clean the ships registration. We need to find a buyer for that Ryll spice too.”

“That seems like all we need to do right away, but long term we might want to consider what this crew is going to be about. I would be cool with shipping rare goods, exploring and maybe even bounty hunting. But It seems to me we need to get some leverage on our side if we want to survive the Teemos wrath,” I said turning back to the road to wait for a response.

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Ryloth Heat

Ryloth was a desert planet very similar to Tatooine but for whatever reason despair clung to you like sweat stains on your shirt. We procured a land speeder in Nabat and made our way to New meen. We intended to make the journey in the morning to cut down on surface temperature but it was already 100 degrees at 8am. The ride to the New meen was going to relatively calm despite the open air cab so I decided to take a winding road toward our destination.

A shot rang out across the sand dunes. I was able pitch the ship to the right to prevent permanent damage to the engine but we were slowing down fast. I jumped out of the cab with lightning speed and returned fire at the first thing I could see. It was a human bounty hunter. I understood seconds later when Trex reared his ugly head. The expert bounty hunter shot me in the left shoulder when I was too slow to duck down. I popped another shot off not really caring if I hit and slammed a stim back in my thigh. It was going to be a really long morning.

I was able to disarm one human and Gadik shot the other one in the hand forcing him to drop his weapon. We were down to an even gun fight. Nix was running around checking the ship and shouting that there wasn’t time; when he had a great idea and ran off to steal the bounty hunters land speeder. Like I’ve said before, I like this kids style.

Samiel made a rather heroic mad dash to distract the 2 remaining bounty hunters. I was able to wound the gand bounty hunter with a lucky shot and he retreated into the cave with the two human bounty hunters. Gadik’s next shot miraculously woke up a giant bug really sealing our escape. After all the screaming I made an executive decision to get the F out of dodge and make a run for it.

That Trandoshan really had a hard on to kill me for some reason. I guess he knew I flew his ship or maybe the force or whatever hates me. Don’t really know but he kept peppering the ground around me with blaster fire as I ran. Gadik finally took him out and I returned the favor dropping the one targeting Nix who was starting up the speeder we “found”. An explosion shook the ground and I turned to see Samiel and what was left of Trex in a crater.

“Shit…. Shit” I kept saying, as I slide on top of the land speeder and jumped into the cockpit. “Get in,” I shouted as I floored it to where the Samiel lay on the ground. Gadik and Bura Ban helped pull Samiel from the sand and I was able to gun the engines as I saw the giant bug emerging from the cave mouth.

We arrived in New Meen on a somber note. The Twi’lek were able to put some synthetic skin on Samiel and I hit him with like 3 stim packs. He looked like a zombie rising from the dead. Man our face looked almost like a trandoshan. I handed him some water and filled him in on what Bura Ban had told us.
The situation was dire and we had to decide to help them deal a decisive blow or help them leave. Gadik really wanted to help the Twi’lek’s and I know everyone else felt like running. But my mom always said one for all and all for one so I convinced everyone to join in and raid the Hut thug’s hideout.

We waited til night and entered on foot as a group of thugs speed off to rough up the town of New Meen. Gadik expertly kept us from causing an alarm as we searched the barracks. We could find anyone matching the description of the boss so we decided we had to hit the cantina. I convinced Nix to drive a truck away to distract them. With luck we could pick a few off. I think the kid had a little too much fun crashing into the bad guys rigs, but it did the job. We were able to gun down four of the thugs before anyone knew what hit them.

As my luck would have it, the gun fire alerted the surviving Gand bounty hunter of our presence. His shot almost hit Gadik so we knew we had to get the sniper before he got us all. Nix commandeered another truck to pin the thugs into the cantina while we dealt with the bounty hunter. Luckily the Twi’lek decided to join us and jumped the bounty hunter from behind. After he was subdued, Samiel was able to convince the thugs to surrender for us sparing their lives. All in all, it could have turned out worse.

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Anger leads to less

After shooting first and never really asking questions with tRex, I seem to have lost my crew’s confidence in my speaking out as the groups emissary. This is a problem that shall be remedied, by force of will or by any other means necessary. The Tie fighter fight was one of sheer skill by the crew, I have collected the right talent it seems for at least most of the jobs we have done as of yet. Relying on each individual’s skill in their expertise we made quick work of a small patrol of Tei Fighters. This shitbox we call a ship is full of well what smells like rotting bantha fodder, which turned out to be large pelts that the former owner of this wreck kept as who knows what, upon discovery those were quickly spaced and the chore of cleaning was done by the rest of the crew as I spoke with our newly found “friend” B’ura B’an. Upon hearing his story and seeing the most lucrative prospect that he is so richly entrenched in, we decided or well were forced to head to his planet for some much needed fuel and to see if we could secure Creds for our travels. Upon arrival the crew was met by a rather ragtag group of most likely common folk, nice enough but truly the galaxy handed these folks the on fire end of the stick but yet they still keep hold. Being escorted to what we could only assume was the council of elders for this group, I waited patiently for my opportunity to rub elbows with a very attractive twi’lek. Our ace pilot took this opportunity to try his smooth moves on the beauty which might have ruined a chance of a much more lucrative payday that the simple fixes that had been applied to our ship and a mildly lukewarm meal. But, seeing him crash and burn with the beautiful lady was possibly worth the credit loss, as my long term plan should be much larger than a single haul would ever set us back. The traveling life is not exactly what I prefer to be doing but if riches are to be had a few deeds here and there and a few less than comfortable nights might be in the game plan.

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Jalopy

Getting shot at is way more than I bargained for when I hitched a ride from Sullust. On the ground it looked pretty dire, but once we got in the air, a lot of the tension fell off. This is a group of guys that know how to handle a ship, I’m still not sure if they could find the interface port on a central computer but, after taking down 4 Tie Fighters in a stolen ship, I’m confident that being in way over my head could’ve been accompanied by much less competent mentors.

She’s rancid on the inside, looks a bit beat-up from the outside but, as it turns out Trex’s ship might just polish up to be a decent spot to call home; for now at least. I’ve been cleaning as I go, and nobody seems to mind that I’ve settled down in the engineering bay. It’s not quite as cozy as my room back in Mos Shuuta, but I’ve pulled out a few of the light rods and there’s plenty of broken junk and spare parts I can work with I think I might even be able to manage an astromech if I can find the right parts, and get lucky with a little soldering and fabrication. The data pad has been tampered with and it going to require a few replacement parts, and Bivv’s blaster is going to need a crystal replacement and alignment; he won’t be happy if he finds out but, considering his trail’s gone cold, it might be a bit before we meet again.

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I hope Mom’s alright; I’ve been able use the computer and the holonav onboard the Krayt Fang to get a handle where we are now in relation to home; the hope for contact from this distance is pretty unlikely given what I’ve got on-hand, but it’ll be worth a try when I get the opportunity. I’ve set up an encrypted SOS receiver/transcriber in my room back home along with a letter; if I can get the math right and find a good signal, I think I’ll be able to get messages home to let her know I’m alright and that I’ve found Bivv.

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Runner Runner part 3

I’ll bet the four TIE fighters thought they had us dead to rights. But I gunned the engines and put the ship in a barrel roll bypassing the blockade. The ship groaned in protest but held together. The space lanes were clear which was not in our favor so I headed for a debris field.

Samiel jammed the communications of the TIE fighters and Nix installed the hyper matter igniter. The young Sullusan was noticeably scared when he reported on the coms that it was installed. In a calm voice I told him to angle the deflector shields. With luck he will sense my tone and keep it together. Gadik shot one of the TIE fighters, but now that they were in range it was their turn to respond.

Two of the TIE’s hit us as the shields briefly lost power. It was only a glancing blow so we are still in the fight. I shouted down to Nix to make some repairs and lined up the ship for a shot for Gadik. He blew the ship from the stars and we took some additional fire from the second group. Nix made some repairs but he said that was the best he could do so he made his way up to the cockpit.

Finally making it to the small debris field I was surprised to see only 5 to6 satellites. That’s enough I thought. I went into a crazy Ivan maneuver zig zagging through the field and almost made it through when two of the TIE fighters collided with us. Luckily our shields were back up from Nix’s hard work and the TIE fighters bounced off exploding. With all the action going on the last Starfighter couldn’t hit us.

We of course had other problems, as the ship spun out of control from the explosion. The sand covered ball of Tatooine loomed ahead in the forward window. The gravity pulling us back down as if Teemo was refusing to let us leave. Nix raised the power to the stabilizer thrusters and I turned the ship into the spin regaining control. I then flipped the ship on its back so that Gadik could get a shot at the last TIE. Samiel coordinated the shot so that Gadik hit him just as the TIE fighter finished his last maneuver and was lining up his attack. It exploded and we had a brief minute to think for once.

The hyperdrive was loading extremely slow so I gave it a love tap. While it was loading we took a few minutes to look at the ship. It smelled horrible, and there was the most annoying sound I ever heard coming from the speakers. Maybe Trex was yelling at us from the ground? Gadik found some left over food that he threw away and I found some bear pelts. Man this guy had some problems I thought. But then I realized these were too big to be a bear; they were Wookie pelts. I quickly spaced the 6 of them. Wookie’s can rip your arms off. I’m sure Samiel would have rather sold them, but I don’t want that kind of trouble.
Nix was able to stop the noise and Samiel and Gadik freed a Twi’leki prisoner. As they were talking I decided to at least get us in to hyper space and out of dodge. We only had enough fuel for Ryloth so I typed in the coordinates and we disappeared into the stars.

When I made it to the break room, I cleaned up a little before sitting down. I can’t really get comfortable in filth. It turns out Bura Ban was captured by Trex on Teemo’s behest and he asked us to return him to his town. We agreed and I took a nap.
When we arrived at Nabat we were quickly walked from the landing pad to the Twi’leki union office. It seems like Teemo was trying to take over their mines and that’s why they kidnapped Bura Ban. The sexy blue Twi’leki asked us to escort Bura Ban to New Meen in exchange for repairing and refueling our ship. I agreed at once she really needed our help, and I’m a chump for a girl in need.

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