Kraft og skjebne

Strained Negotiations
Episode XVIII

Sector: ANX47ZZ-

We arrive into a field of debris and old shipwrecks, and after alot of tense piloting Onda leads us to a lager astroid where we find Warde’s escape pod.
This does not fit with the logs found on The Last Echo; they claimed it was near a planet and in a safe area where he would be easily found.
This place is hard to come by and not near any main shipping lanes … maybe the pod drifted … or maybe the logs were faked to avoid prosecution for deserting a sentient in dead space…

On it we find a hidden habitat dome , guarded by droids and electrofences.
Calif is the owner and lord of this little rock in the middle of nowhere, and a bit silly it seems, his bodyguard/partner Zehig is way more intimidating and professional.
Their trade seems to be pharmaceutical in the broadest sense of the word …

We learn that Warde and his associate, Gel Marcolf, were here 20 cycles ago.
They traded some items for their rescue and safe passage to the Spice Terminus station.

Krankawarrok’s recent head trauma has left him erratic in moods and behavior, he attacks Zehig, but is promptly outmanouvered and we manage to calm him down before things escalate.

The negotiations with Calif after are tense, and we accept a high price to smooth things over.

The items recovered from Warde’s lockchest contain a holocron, using the alredy recovered crystal from mandalore to unlock it we learn more about Warde and his apprentice Marcov.
Including Marcovs’ homeplanet and possible base: Arbooine.

We travel on.

A new king
Episode XIX: Ninja galore

Talking to the holocron of Suljo Warde the party learns many things. They can now start out training the new art developed by Suljo and further learn that they only have a part of the holocron. The next crystal may be found on the planet of Arbooine in the Arbo system.

Traveling to Arbooine the party find a forresty planet and seek out the city of Quolas. They are however unable to find the city at the coordinates given by the holocron. Landing in a likely spot the set out into the jungle to find the city. By Kranks good tracking skills they find a path leading to the city.

Upon entering the city they feel the power of the dark side emanating strongly throughout the city. When they ask for Suljo Warde they are given a name: The Reeve. Onda then has a vision showing that the Reeve is Suljos apprentice; Gel Marcolf, and that he is indeed taken by the dark side.

Kotan proposes a stealth mission to talk to Gel and the party agrees (Krank reluctantly). Sneaking up to the main mansion the party manages to get into Gels sleeping quarters without raising to many alarms.

Kranks ninja skills getting in through the sky view wakes Gel and negotiations start. Gel wants Suljos powers for himself and a fight commences. Krank heroically keeps the guards at bay while Onda and Kotan fight Gel. A while into the fight Kotan has had enough and takes Gel down drawing heavily on the dark side and falling unconscious himself. Onda sees his opportunity to stop the fighting and severs Gels head from his body and proclaims himself “The new King”. The locals stop fighting and bow down to the new king.

Taking what they came for the party leaves the city and just as they leave the gates they see a civil war break out. Kotan wants to stop this, but Onda believes the greater threat is dealt with.

The party gets back to the ship to lick their wounds and see what they have recovered from Gel Marcolf. And the story ends.

(Onda went dark side and Kotan does not know what he thinks of this)

Welcome to Cato Neimoidia - Nobody likes you here
Episode XX Info Brokers & Mob Beatings

Warde’s second holocrystal leads us to Cato Neimoidia, this is the farthest into the core we have been since we started our quest. We better be careful, Imperial entanglements might be worse here.
We Land at Jorra, a town built on a bridge suspended between 2 stone arches, This planet has a lot of stone arches.
First we deliver some crates for Heavy Gan that we picked up on the Terminus Station before travelling into town looking for rumours or info on Warde and his stay on this planet.

Security is tight and no weapons are allowed … but we manage to smuggle them in anyways.
First we spend some hours talking to locals and buying drinks at Torna’s Cafe – a local drinking place by the space docks, to cover more ground we eventually decide to split up.

Kotan & Vex:
Talking to some older locals to get the history of Jorra turns out to be smart: the republic and the Jedi tried to take this city from the separatists several times, but failed every time.

Stories of Warde are more sombre: ruthless attacks and arrests made without any proof, signs of his growing power of foresight, or a slide towards the dark side of the force? Something must have turned Gel Marcolf into the bitter and fearful creature we fought, I wonder who we are really looking for – and if the Suljo Warde at the end of this journey is a friend … or someone else.

We also spend some time asking questions about who’s who in this town, the movers and shakers if you will, we puzzle together some promising facts: The dominant power in this city are the White Scars, led by Onrein Hasar.

We decide to expedite matters and send a holomessage to her mansion in the Palace District. After that we spend some time in a calm park meditating, relaxing, and discussing the force while waiting for a reply. Vex may be standing somewhere else than me, and some of the old teachings he follows I find more misleading than helpful – but we are both looking at the same horizon, this gives me hope.

Onda and Krank return after some time, they decided that to start a fight with locals was a productive use of their time and were dismayed when a mob started chasing them … I have no words – and in this I see my failings as a mentor and friend.
In the end we are approached by Lor Keln and his swoop gang: The Crimson Kreehawks, he gives us a time and a place: tommorrow at noon, at Dropview Cantina.
After Onda and Krankawarrok’s experience with the locals we decide to spend the night in the ship

Onda & Krankawarrok: (Krankawarrok’s notes)
Obviously not Kotans smartest idea to split the party, Krankawarrok thought. Kranky and Onda walking off into the distance without adult supervision to do some digging into the state of the underworld.

After acquiring intel as to who and who not to talk to in this vile pit of vipers they took a leisurely stroll. Of course, the indigents of this backwaters piece of shit planet took offense to Kranky being so much better than them in every way. In fact, they made an impromptu mob and started attacking Krank and his loyal squire Onda.

Responding to this attack on them with remarkable restraint going only for incapacitation, not decapitation they quickly dispatched enough of these barbarians to make a clean escape.

Whilst meeting up with the “responsible” ones to discuss the current state of affairs only to be interrupted by a message from someone who had taken interest in us, and thus our interest became focused upon this figure.

Traversing Undercity
Episode XXI: Into the dark

Having previously set up an appointment with the underground leader of Cato Neimoidia, Onrein Hasar, the party sets forth to meet her at the Dropview Cantina.

Having a mostly successful encounter with her, Kotan decides to tell her our story. We find that her goals mostly coincides with ours. It seems Suljo Warde was leading a dark gestapo campaign on the locals and killed all of the local leaders except Onrein. If we agree to bring Suljo to her justice she will help us. We reluctantly agree, though some more than others.

We are told of a dark palace in the Undercity where the last faithful battle took place and are give directions there.

The entrance to the Undercity is guarded by imperials, and having Onda scout out the entrance a plan forms. While most of the guards are away from the entrance we will try to convince the remaining trooper (sergeant) that we are traveling on a mission from the empire. This goes horribly wrong and Krank saves the day knocking the trooper out with his new electro-staff. (Not to be confused with his space-strings)

Entering the Undercity we find it dark and desolate. Most of the building are crumbling due to the great battle fought here. Traversing the Undercity to the big palace the party conquers many dangers and falls prey to some. (Big wall collapsed on the party. Not Ondas fault!)

Entering the palace we find it mostly abandoned, but some sentries are still functioning. While battling a group of five battle droids Onda shows his true colors killing them all with one move. Further down in the palace (inverted spire) the party meets further sentries, these a bit stronger, Droidekas. Onda unleashes his anger again and severely damages one of the droids before being summarily shot down. Kotan and Krank takes the droids down and revives Onda. Thankful Onda joins the party and enters the lowest chamber. There they find the remains of the killed leaders and the corpse of a Jedi.

He holds a light-saber in his one hand and clutched in the other a crystal…..

Feeling Blue
Episode XXII: Pacifist Scum

After giving the two Jedi a worthy funeral pyre, the group sneaks back up to the surface.
Before leaving Cato Nemeida, they meet up with Onrein Hasar to share their findings (but does not reveal it’s from a holocron): Warde was gravely injured and set his course for Moraband.

There is only one problem: nobody has heard of this place …

We promise to keep Onrein updated if we find anything and begin looking for some way of getting these coordinates.

Our search leads us to the water planet Delris, and to a submerged and forgotten jedi tempel sitting on a ledge in the ocean. The insides of the compound are in bad condition and it seems our journey here is for nothing; water has rotted scrolls and destroyed terminals …

But in the hangar, Krankawarrok finds a jedi starfighter and manages to get the navcomputer working – it has coordinates for Moraband!

Both Krank and Onda wants to stay and repair the ship to add it to our “fleet”, but fate, and a gigantic sea creature destroys those dreams.

While we run back to the Void of integrity, the creature destroys the old Jedi compund, breaching seals and tearing it from it’s foundations. We barely have time to get past the airlock and disengage before the whole temple slides down into the abyss.

The creature chases us to the surface, but Onda evades it’s jaws.
We leave it in the cold wet darkness of the sea -while we set out in the sea of stars.

Onwards to Moraband!

Moraband Malice
Episode XXIII

Our heroes, having left behind the submersed Jedi Archive head back to their home base at Spintir, to rest and refit. Being as battered and bruised as this lot, they really should take more time off.

Krankawarrok is reunited with his pet vornskr, Jebediah and heads off immediately into the wilds to attempt to attune with the crystal he picked up at Cato Neimoidia. Doing so successfully he feels a inner peace, a focus of peace with the force. This was what the Force wanted.
Oh, and Jebediah is a good boy! Yes he is.

Onda does some stuff, being spotted skulking about the forest and returning to base with wounds a fair bit above “scratches” on the scale. This bladespinning whirlwind of death is up to something. Probably not a cunning plan. The crew feels rather safe.

Kotan spends most of his time improving the new shield generator on the Void of Integrity and with whatever scrap metal left he throws some spikes together and welds them to his wookiee friends armour. Just what was needed. A massive, excessively scarred wookiee, with spiky death armour. Brilliant plan Kotan. Brilliant.

Bidding their friends Vex and Aahch who has elected to stay on Spintiir, farewell as they head off to do what they feel the Force or wallet, requires. Kranky, Kotan and Onda return to the search for the lost Jedi; Suljo Warde.

Arriving at planet Moraband, a craggy dry planet our band of heroes find themselves taken back by the sheer Force of the place. A nexus of the Dark Side as they have never encountered before or are likely to again. Doing some orbits of the planet they are guided by the visions of Kotan and Onda to a steppe location where the aerial scans also find a half-buried starfighter of unknown make. Of course, they land.

As the ecologically friendly member Kranky, attempts to dig out the ship and preserve the otherwise pristine environment, another freighter flies overhead and lands. Out steps the information broker from Cato Neimoidia, Onrein Hasar. She is not happy that the party chose to withhold the information she sought and so followed them. With her is a band of her minions and an intimidating MagnaGuard droid. So caught up in her need for vengeance is Onrein that she does not follow the heartfelt advice from Kotan that those without the force should turn back.

Our dashing adventurers continue upon the path set ahead. Through wind and weather they are set upon by Force Beasts, striking from the sand, returning to it when struck themselves. Visions of those in their past, those left behind, those who are dead. Onreins band dwindling throughout this until they attempt to fight the wrong people. Kotan sees this coming and raises his sabre to Onreins throat and attempts to make peace out of the madness. Meanwhile, the MagnaGuard fights Onda, whilst Kranky makes short work of the remaining goons.

When the dust has settled, Onrein is the only one left of her party. Her madness taking over, she flees unto the steppes, much to Kotans dismay. Choosing the foolhardy option of continuing this quest, more miles are covered. Then an old man appears on the road.

He refuses any questions as to who he is, but he does mention Warde when asked. How he arrived in a bad way, and that he would lead them to him. Following him to a ruined city, into a pyramid and up to the very top level of this temple he reveals himself to be the missing Jedi.

Seemingly a Jedi no longer, he has foreseen his death. He knows it will happen, now, the day he has waited for for so long has come.
“I have forseen this! you will be the death of me!” he screams and strikes quickly at Kranky, throwing his lightsaber at the furred one and inflicts a lot of damage. The wookiee still stands.
Fighting back they are unable to harm the Master of the Future and he once more attacks the scarred wookiee and is still unable to take him down, though coming close.

Kranky lashes out in desperation and hits, Suljo is oddly enough unprepared for this strike, and is hit. Unprepared for the ferocity of the blows he is staggered for just long enough to be beaten into unconsciousness by Onda.

The decision is made to not kill him. The group tend to his wounds and gently restrain him until he wakes up so they can question him.
As he wakes up Kotan tells him: “You were wrong, Warde: the future CAN be changed.”
Warde knows little but what he thought would be his death. His state of being alive leads him to question all he knows about the future.
The first one to extend a hand in friendship is oddly enough Kranky, whom suggests an offer of sanctuary at the temple at Spintir …
Kotan hands him the crystal from Gel Markolfs lightsaber and tells him to start again, the first step is to build a new lightsaber. Warde recognizes the crystal and is told the dark fate of his apprentice. Warde accepts the offer, his abilities might yet find some use in the fight against the Greater Foe.

Returning to their vessel, a decision is made to find and attempt to heal Onrein. Warde volunteers for this as he is responsible.
Leaving Moraband, they grab Onreins ship and the starfighter.
Onrein and Warde are brought to Spintir and the Dawn Temple, maybe with time they can heal each other.

Kotan once more dreams of an Academy for Force Sensitives amongst the stars, he now has a Jedi Master. A step to the resurgence of Jedi as peacekeepers in the Galaxy once more, or maybe something new?

It is an exciting time to be alive in the galaxy.

Sandy Dunes
Episode XXIV

As retold by Vex:

At the Home base, Spintir; the group discussed over a good breakfast how to go from where they stood.

When Ack and Vex suddenly arrived,Ack stormed off to meditate, but Vex got intrigued by visitors/patients, especially Ward whom he had started understanding bits of his “work”

Quickly Onda remembered he booked a meeting with Heavy Gan and the ferocious four went off!
Heavy had work, and credits where low.
Off to Tatooine they should go to intercept a package!
Pays well in credits and favors soo the group agreed!

Informed on the way that an imperial officer was searching for them,vthey went

Scuttles off in haste to space!
But wait! What’s this?
Hailed by the Star destroyer: Galvenizer
To be boarded they said while they towed the ship in!
No contraband to be found in the Void.
But elusive answers and shifty eyes as Vex andKotan lied a way out of the scary ship!

Only to be chased again!
Two tie-fighters got on the tail before hyperspace could be activated!
Kranky refused to shoot! He had a cunning plan!
Oonda made a slingshot manuvre against the planets gravity pull! Lost the Destroyer but alas The Void got a sundering blow, straight in the engine! The ship got filled with smoke…

Times where grim.. But then! Vex smashed the hyperdrive button just as it flipped on! Zwoomsch!

They arrived at Tatooine, space junk flying around them as they landed, hull damage and a slow engine!
But the mission must be done!

The ferocious four split up in two’s. The Dubious Duo(Onda and Vex) and the Double K’s (Kranky and Kotan)
The dubious took a silent approach and Vexnwas nearly spotted, but his blurred field worked wonders for him in the sand.
Kranky was stealthy as ever in his natural guilly suit. Kotan however got spotted just as the dubious got started with the slaughter on their side(they fired first! I promise!)

Kranky came down in his usual manner! Kotan flew the big ass parcell to him! But the nice robed foe, he had a thermal detonator! And blew both Kotan and Kranky half to death and well out of play!
The swirling sands of Onda and Vex whiped out the rest and Onda got the K’s back up…
Just to see the crate contained a Krayt Dragon!
Kotan quick to action quelled the beast with his eyes alone!

The group gathered up and prepared for travel to the drop-off!

As told in the history books:

Returning from Moraband with Suljo Warde and Onrein Hasar, plus two new starships, the heroes head straight to the Dawn Temple on Spintir, Hasar and Warde are both in need of healing, both spiritual and physical.

The morning after over breakfast, our heroes discuss where to go from here, how to get to Kiados and Sun’saith, what to do about Hasar and Warde.

Then Aahch and Vex suddenly arrive from weeks of walking through the forest and over the mountain, Aahch doesn’t join the others, but decides to go meditate, Vex is however intrigued by the visitors (patients.) In particular Ward, as Vex has been working on understanding the power Warde developed.

Onda then informs his comrades about a meeting they are to have with Heavy Gan, and the ferocious four are off!

The meet Heavy Gan in one of his warehouses in Reles. He’s interested in their new ships and … allies? He also reports that Roy’s Fantastical Tasty Jooma Juice Brewery and Distribution Company Inc is starting to turn a profit, and he has some more work for them, if they want to reduce their debt. They accept. Off to Tatooine they go to intercept a package! (Vex assumes it pays well in credits and favours, so the group agrees.)

Leaving Reles they are intercepted by the Galvinizer. Being told to be prepared to be boarded, they are tractor beamed in and put down in its hangar bay. Here they meet a customs officer, some stormtroopers and a scanning crew (no contraband was found on the Void.) He questions them thoroughly, but the combined effect of Vex’s elusive answers, shifty eyes and Kotan’s creativity proves too powerful, as they blatantly lie and fabricate one story after another (one more far fetched than the other,) trying to avoid telling the truth, avoid admitting they are indeed the sentients the mysterious Imperial agent is looking for. So now they know, an imperial officer or agent is looking for them. Also here, near their home base.

Kotan does his thing, being very persuasive, he waves his hand and informs the customs inspector that they do not in fact have to wait for further instructions or inspection, instead they are actually allowed to leave now: “you just told us.” The inspector agrees, The stormtroopers don’t protest..

They hastily scuttle off into space!

They did however not count on the captain of the ship having his own ideas. They are told to power down, or be fired upon. The chase begins! Still within the gravity well of Spintir they can’t enter hyperspace, a Gladiator-class stardestroyer behind them and incoming TIEs. Onda speeds away, but not before the imps fire upon them, the ship shudders, one engine fails and the Void is filled with smoke. Kranky refuses to fire upon the incoming TIEs (cunning plan in the works) and Onda pulls off a daring slingshot manoeuvre that takes them quickly around the planet and away from the imps, as soon as they’re out of the gravity well Vex hits the controls and activates the hyperdrive. Zwoomsch!

They arrive at Tatooine, setting course straight for the coordinates provided by Heavy Gan, as they land pieces of space junk fly around them, the damaged hull groans and the slow engines whine! But the mission must be completed!

Landing in a canyon about a kilometre from the coordinates, the ferocious four split up in teams of two. The Dubious Duo (Onda and Vex) and the Double K’s (Kranky and Kotan). The dubious circle around, taking a silent approach and Vex is almost spotted, but his blurred field worked wonders for him in the sand. Kranky is as stealthy as ever in his natural ghillie suit. Kotan however is spotted just as the dubious duo started the slaughter on their side (self-defence of course! They fired first! I promise!)

Kranky rushes into the situation in his usual manner! Kotan levitates the big ass parcel and moves it away from the miscreants and ne’er-do-wells, however the individual leading the transaction has plans of his own, spelled: thermal detonator! A loud and powerful explosion later and both Kotan and Kranky are half dead and well out of play!

The swirling sand devils that are Onda and Vex wipes out the rest of the scum and ne’er-do-wells, Onda provides medical aid and resuscitates the K-Team.

Kotan wakes up just in time to see the crate contains a Krayt dragon! A Kray dragon now emerging from the damaged cage. Quick to action (as always?) Kotan quells the beast with his eyes alone! (Actually with the power of his mind, but that’s neither here nor there.)

The group return to the Void and prepares for travel to the drop-off!

We've missed you Nebula
Episode XXV Intersystem shoppingmall

…having just secured the Krayt Dragon in its cage again, half the party went back to get their ship while the rest stayed behind looting the now abandoned smuggler ship. (Onda tried to slice the ship but unfortunately failed)

The party left the planet and went straight into hyperspace to deliver their package. The trip however was not long. Only a couple of moments in hyperspace found them in the the outskirts of the solar system. Waiting around for a bit a large vessel came out of hyperspace and promptly crashed with the Void. The Void, being hardy as it is, managed to survive the crash and dock with the large vessel: Cartol’s Emporium.

The party finds the Emporium to be a derelict vessel with a lot of shady characters. Some in the party feels right at home. They traverse the ship to enter a big disco. Through some friendly and some not so friendly banter they find their contact for dropping of the cargo. While this is happening Onda is getting drunk, Krank is having a mancrush on a friendly Wookie and Vex does his thing. (Shady business). They depart the disco to complete their transaction and unknown to them a figure follows.

As the party are delivering their cargo they are beset upon by lowly scum and an old foe: Nebula. The fight that ensues is fast and bloody, and an insectile character joins the fray, fighting for the party. This character is Jzh, and has been looking for them for a while. He wants to join the party and with some friendly negotiation the party is now 5 again.

Jzh tells of his hunt for Kiados and can tell that shes last been seen on Kashyyk.

During the earlier fight Nebula managed to get away and the party wants to find out where she went. Jzh can help with this. He quickly slices his way into the computer network of the emporium and leads Kotan to her ship. While this is happening Vex is looking after Onda, who fainted during one of his mythical meditations. Krank joins up with Jzh and Kotan. Jzh, Kotan and Krank manage to bypass the bay security of Nebulas ship but fails to bypass its defenses. The calamity that ensues results in her ship being thrown into hyperspace.

Mad with grief over having lost such a fine ship, the party splurges on shopping:

  • Jzh gets some new slicer gear.
  • Vex gets parts for a new arm.
  • Krank get a new body cavity.
  • Onda gets a new part for his lightsaber.
  • Kotan is clearly saving up for something grand.

The Emporium finally leaves hyperspace and the party can depart for their next destination…

Leaving the Void, Entering the Dark
Episode XXVI

The hull of The Void of Integrity hummed gently, it’s deck vibrating with the sounds of hyperspace and it’s bulkheads echoing with the sounds of sentients breathing and moving.

“hand me the …” Joe stopped speaking, as the connecter he was about to request was already in his hand, puzzled he gave his new companion a quick glance before slotting it in it’s port and going back to the calibrations of the microservos on module G. Metallic fingers moved and flexed like arachnoid legs as the program ran the diagnostic – there seemd to be an anomaly in the secondary thumb, a misalignment on the first joint.

The one called K’than was digging into the guts of the small machine, and adding a set of secondary servos to some of the joints.
Before Joe could open his insectide mouth, K’than was holding up a macrospanner, his left hand still working on their project, eyes unblinking and lost somwhere inside his plan.
Joe accepted the tool and went about tightening joints based on his readings.
This was a different side of his friend, so lost in his work that he stopped pretending to be nice or kind, so lost in his thoughts that he barely saw other sentients.
Joe was wondering if he looked into K’thans eyes right now, what would he see? a gridwork of techincal workplans? circuits and binary? or just the vast void of space? At least he wasn’t asking questions anymore.

Since Joe had arrived, the crew of “The Void of Integrity” had been digging, some more overt than others, the one called V’x was the most direct. And K’than the most successful.

Joe didn’t understand how, but he really Wanted to tell K’than things, more than others. Thankfully, K’than wasn’t pushing it yet, but Joe feared that if he wanted to, he could tear secrets from him like a child tearing the wings from a insect …
Well, the mechanic next to him could maybe, but the man he was the rest of the time would never do something like that.

There was a gentle change in the humming of the ship and Joe snapped out of his thoughts “do you feel that?”
They’d dropped out of hyperspace, that meant it was time to prepare to disengage from Cartol’s Emporium and plot a course for Kashyyyk.

This was Beautiful.
Krankawarrok was in the turret, beneath him was his homeplanet: Mighty and Tempremental Kashyyyk – with it’s titanic trees, roaring rivers, and demanding mountains.
This was a world that tested you and either broke you, or made you better – stronger faster … wilder.
Even though he was sitting, Krank could feel his blood rushing faster, like his body knew he was almost home.
Home, he wondered if that word meant anything anymore for him, this wonderful world – was it home? after all the pain, loss and blood, could he manage to smile when standing on the ground where his people still was being oppressed?
He would find out when they landed.
If they landed.

Above Kashyyyk a battle was being fought: the empire -as always, against some other foe.
He wasn’t sure whom, but the ships sure were ugly.
Lasercannons were lighting up the space around them, explosions of smaller craft were sprinkled around them, these large ships were moving like slow watercreatures, lashing out at each other in a massive struggle.
Every second he was watching this a sentient life was being snuffed out, the glittering from debris highlighting every death, the lines of lasers and protonblasts pointing them out.

This enormous display of disregard for life was framed in flames for him, his ship was entering the atmosphere with no engines and no control.
The bulkheads around him were glowing orange, the glass in the turret was showing small spiderweb cracks snaking around him like death closing in.
As the violent shaking of the ship threatened to throw him from his seat, through the glass, and into space he wondered: was Onda going to make this landing? this sure as hell didn’t feel like he was in control …

I might actually die here, he thought.
Far from battle, without a weapon in his hand, the thing that finally killed him might be simple bad luck and the force of gravity.
How pointless, how honorless.
But if he was going to die here …
The view sure was beautiful, there was at least that,.
And at least his funeral would be seen and heard for miles, a comet with his name would be his burialmarker, a crater his grave.

Here lies Krankawarrok, he came home to die.
Fuck he hoped Onda would make this landing.

The Void of Integrity was quiet.
Quiter than it’s ever been, Kotan thought.
The only sounds were the sounds of the tree they had crashed into, leaves on the wind and the forest around them.
But the ship was silent, it’s engines bust, it’s shields gone, both powergenrators and hyperdrives dead. It was the end.

They’d lived here for how long? some months, a year? So many conversations were buried in the walls, so much of their sweat and blood had seeped into the metal. Every inch of the craft had been touched by them at some point.

He was done packing, there wasn’t much to pack anyways, only the necessities.
Now he was saying goodbye.

“You ready?” Onda emerged from his room, he walked stiffly, his eyes were ringed in dark circles – his visons always tired him.
“…I think so, I just….” Kotan had difficulties putting his thoughts into words, that was a first.
Onda stared at him “… Yeah, I know – me too” he put a hand on Kotans shoulder, a gesture of familiarity and friendship. It felt awkward and forced.

Something had changed between Kotan and Onda, but they were still trying to pretend everything was as before.
Kotan looked at his friend, had his eyes always been so sunken, had he always had that vague tint of yellow in the outer iris?
The moment stretched untill it became unbearable, where there had before been banter and reasurrances between comrades, only silence reigned.

Ondas hand dropped slowly “anyways, we should get moving. You and Joe got something from the sensors?”
Kotan looked away, “yes, there are some promising powersources to the east. Vex and Krankawarrok has already left”.
“We should catch up with them then.”

Onda landed on his back, dirt billowed up around him.
His chest stung from the impact of claws.
Another of these catlike creature swiped at him, he rolled to the left and swung his saber between keeping the beasts at bay, his mouth tasted dust and blood.

He felt it in his veins now, the rush of violence, the promise of supremacy and mastery.
How dared they? he was the best swordsman in the galaxy – and these vermin had him tasting dirt!
He grabbed the rage and made it his, drew it into him, conquered it and made himself into it.
The world slowed down, the music started again.

He flipped himself up, noticing that Krankys blade was digging into one of his attacker, he dispatched the other one with a nonchalant swipe: shoulder to hip.
Following his own momentum he stepped on the head of the dying cat and launched himself, his shoulder touched Krankys and he rolled over him, using him as a springboard.
In the distance he noticed Kotan shooting down another of these things, Joe was in front of him and blinking in suprise as his attacker fell to his feet.

But Onda was in the air, double grip on his saber, moments before touching down he started his kata: two parallel sweeps followed by a finishing cleave.

- left -right, twirl – and swipe.

Blood hit everything but him, limbs were flipping lazily in the air, his opponent was not only dead, but dismembered, demolished, defeated.

It felt good to be king.

“See this?” a coin wagged back and forth in the insectoids left appendage, a flick of fingers and it was gone. The left appendage showed a coin at the same time. “now it’s here”

The wookie … child? pup? grub? -what was the correct term for offspring in their culure? looked at the trick with a mixture of amazement and intense focus, trying to figure it out.

Joe continued, left hand flickering forth, behind the … Youngling, he would refer to it as youngling for now at least – Ear, or at least were many creatures had auditory sensory organs, these sentients had a bit too much fur for him to be sure, but the trick demanded it so he went with it.

“but what is this?” he fished out a coin, technically the same coin that had dissapeared before, but to his audience it was a new coin.

Behind Joe, the others were discussing with the elderes of the wookie ... tribe? community? group? Well, K’ran’kaw’arr’ok _ was that the pronunciation? these people had so weird names …_ -was discussing, the one called V’x was standing a bit behind keeping an eyes on … well everything, paranoid that one, which was a practical trait.

And K’than, who obiously didn’t speak very well Shyriiwook, was embarrassing himself. He was intterupted by the green one, ’Nda, who shouted at him.
Should he get involved? -no, they would probably manage to secure resting arrangments without him.

Back to the trick, this part was more difficult. “Now look at the coin …” The wookie youngling stared intently, Joe allowed himself a smile.

In the distance the Imperial compound was glittering with lights, walkers were patrolling lazily aound it’s perimeters, Tie fighters swept over it in rutine patrol patterns.
Vex adjusted the mangification and studied the transports: wookie slaves being moved offworld.

He handed the magnoculars to Kotan and wrinkled his forehead ridges in disgust and worry “at least one large walker, several smaller ones, Tie fighters, not to mention the rest of the troops, turrets and who knows what else …we sure this is where we should go to find Kiados? what if you’re wrong?” he directed the last comment to his green companion.

Onda answered “Joe’s intelligence led us to this world, I led us here, I’m not wrong – I’m never wrong”

Krankawarrok made some of his sounds, Vex looked in his direction.
“you’re right Krankawarrok” Kotan said " we’re too far away to accomplish anything now, we’ll rest here – then infiltrate tomorrow night"
The wookie made some other noises and looked up to the sky.

Onda rolled his eyes “sure, lets set up camp, tomorrow night we enter the base.”

The Furious Five's Furry Foray.
Episode XXVII

It takes a special kind of crazy to walk towards an imperial outpost in a hostile setting. It is even worse to do so after a crashing your ship during the course of a battle; Imperial Fleet vs Unknown elements.

Of course the ships crash site was roughly plotted. Of course the Imperials are scouting in the general area. Of course the group hatches a crazy plan on the fly to infiltrate the base. Of course it was a cunning plan. Of course Vex got lost in the forest.

Fighting a squad of scouts, and taking their uniforms
Finding a four-man patrol of scout-troopers ,dismounted from their bikes,and quickly dispatching them. The plan seemed set for success. Until the scouts were called up by command, who then sent out a group to check on them. Kotan and Onda quickly(shoddily) dressed up as two of the troopers. Then tying up Kranky and Joe so they would seem as recent prisoners. When the reinforcing Imperials arrived they were not surprised that two had seemingly fallen. Nor did they seem sad. Its not as though there is a stormtrooper factory somewhere, right?

The plan then turned to shambles. The other group volunteered to take the “prisoners” back to base, whilst Kotan and Onda continued the patrol route. They did so, having a lark on the speeder-bikes.

Joe and Krank were taken to the base. Might have been an idea to scout the base before committing to an infiltration. But such was their dedication they had not. The base was surrounded by high walls, with the foliage up to the walls cleared away. Inside it was a hive of activity beyond reason. An AT-AT by the gate, several AT-STs and stormtroopers.

Joe and Krank were quickly taken to the prison facilities and thrown into cells hewn from the ground. Their effects taken elsewhere for storage. Krank has a cybernetic cavity. Inside of which was his lightsaber. Clever move Krank. Kotan and Onda finished the patrol and rode towards the base. Entering the base they flew next to the AT-AT it seemed as though it was heading out on a patrol. After some faffing about they found the prisoner holding facilities and went in.

Breaking out the Wookie prisoners
Having quickly and silently liberated the facilities and freed their comrades, they discovered a large number of wookiee prisoners. Score. Krankys mother, through some miracle of the Force was among them and called out to him. His father was there as well in a bad shape. The family he had left behind some while ago was here. Except for his sister Kuvana. Recently taken to the Imperial Medical Facility on the base.

Distributing the available gear to the prisoners they prepared to make a run for it. The AT-AT had left on its patrol. The odd thing was the one building into which far too much traffic was entering and exiting. Troublesome.

The decision to prepare some more for the break-out was made, Kotan and Onda headed towards the trooper barracks to look for Joe and Kranks equipment. Krank spent his time preparing his people. Joe spent the time hacking the base, sealing it off from the planetary network, any alarms would now go unheeded. The one building with too much traffic? Connected to the underground transport network. Each base is easily reinforced by infantry.

Whilst Onda and Kotan headed towards the barracks, Vex had finally found his way to the base. And made some friends on the way, rather furry furious friends. Cutting down the wroshyyr trees to make makeshift siege ladders, his wookiee company stormed across the walls.

The Battle of East Base:

Krankawarrok: Gave some quick orders to the fleeing slaves before he left the battle, his family needed him. He entered the underground compound, set on finding his sister.

Jzh: The master hacker quickly disabled the alarms and cut the base of from the other bases on Kashyyyk – these imerials would get no help. Curiosity and nessecity had him digging through files looking for intel, what he found was worse – he quickly ran after his wookie companion into the underground complex as troops were breaking down the doors to where he had been doing his slicing.

Vex Ruul: Leading the wookie underground army into the base he ran towards the remaining AT-ST walker in a display of bravery and insanity. It seemed over for the shadowy swordsman for a moment, but his plan was quickly revealed: using his affinity for trickery and the misdirecting powers of the force he executed a brazen feint. As a result the two walkers ended up in each others crossfire. This treat taken care of he went about assasinating any leadership he could spot.

Kotan Blen: Was found in the middle of the battle, leading the wookies into even greater heights of bravery. His presence inspired greater fervor and dicipline.

Onda: took a moment before the battle started in earnest to reflect and seek out the force, he saw all the myriad of possibilities in the future, he looked for the turning points – the moments wher all would be lost. Opening his eyes he set to work, he would make sure that these moments would not come to pass.

A mass battle ensued and the imperials quickly lost initiative.

Inside the Research base
Meanwhile Krank had entered the medical facility, Joe on his heels.
Joe found a computer, seeking to disrupt Imperial comms systems and dig out this base’s secrets. This facility turned out to be a biological weapons research facility, joe decided to destroy all evidence to ensure no-one would use the horrible bioweapon. In the prosess he triggered something else as well. Krank found his sister Kuvana on a stretcher in a quarantined room, the computer counting down to pathogen release. Quickly ramming the door and dragging her out.
The selfdestruct activated, and started ticking down

Two Jedi vs One Walker
Kotan and Onda spotted the AT-AT returning to the base and decided to deal with it.
Running towards it, moving under its arc of fire, thus acquiring some modicum of safety. Kotan force-flung Onda to the top of it, where he started laying into its vulnerable neck section with his saber. Meanwhile his friend pummeled it’s legs with debris from the three broken AT-ST’s .
Then Onda managed to cut through, structural integrity of the head was compromised and from inside the body there were screams.

Vex’s Duel
Vex had invaded the command center of the base. Evading the guards, he found the base commander and they dueled through the control room. She was a worthy foe and he only won by a hair. Seeing the Walker collapse outside, he grabbed the announcer and proclaimed defiantly “VEX RUULS, the battle is over! we have won!”, out of the corner of his eye he saw “BASE SELF DESTRUCT ACTIVATED”, he pressed the announcer once more; “GET OUT” and jumped out the window.

As our heroes left the burning base behind, they left with the prisoners and the wookiee skirmishers. Casualties were taken, yet the mood was high.
The flame of rebellion on Kashyyk was lit.


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