The Buzzard's Flight

Episode 4: Prison Break!

Someone contacted Raakla on Lamaredd, after the debacle with Klassht, asking her to do a job. A Bothan and his Wookiee friend were captured on Ryloth by the Empire, arrested for rabble-rousing, and needed rescue. Information was sparse, but useful enough – the ship was a civilian transport, one that the Buzzard could potentially outrun in hyperspace. They would also be landing on Tatooine, just a few parsecs away. With the option of trying to sneak aboard or making a loud noise with a direct assault, discovering a cache of equipment set aside to aid a direct assault made the choice for the group. Taking a few hours to effect repairs and install the twin ion cannons in the Buzzard’s non-functional mount and get it working, the Buzzard took off for Tatooine.

They beat the transport there by approximately eighteen hours, giving the crew time to work out the plan. It wasn’t complex, but had a lot of moving parts, starting with Kain’s part.

When the ship, an Action VI transport, came out of hyperspace, Kain blasted forth from the void, their ship’s IFF not broadcasting. Swooping in, Raakla fired the ion turret, LE-0N fired the quad laser turret they’d stolen from Klassht’s ship. Recessed turbolasers on the transport fired back, grazing the ship, but the electrical damage the ion cannons caused, along with a good shot from LE-0N disabling the engines made it possible for the Buzzard to dock away from the turbolasers’ line of fire. Raakla and LE-0N went over on a magnetic grapple, opening the door and guiding the Buzzard in to seal with that airlock. The droid and Togruta ran in, finding a makeshift prison built into the cargo bay of the ship. LE-0N went for the console to open the cells while Raakla took out guards, and ran up to the cell that was drawing attention to itself – the one housing a Bothan flicking a blanket against the force field and a Wookiee. Using one of the fusion torches they had found, Raakla opened the cell just ahead of LE-0N’s slicing, and a guard attacked the would-be escaped prisoners. The Wookiee used a piece of her prison bed as a spear, throwing it into the chest of the guard and killing him. The Bothan ran for the door.

Chaos ensued as the prisoners were released and fell upon their Imperial-trained, civilian-dressed keepers. Most of the guards, spurred by the attack on the ship, had retrieved armor and rifles and ran into the bay to fight. Between Raakla’s acrobatic leap into their midst, the Wookiee landing nearby, and LE-0N behind them, they were surrounded and cut down between the smugglers and the prisoners. With the melee subsiding, the Bothan led them all to the airlock the Buzzard had sealed against and demanded everyone ditch their weapons before being allowed on the ship. In total, the Buzzard took off with 43 prisoners, including their original targets.

The Bothan introduced himself as Saa Dal, over tending to the wounded. He explained his reason for being there and thanked the group profusely for the assistance, offering up his services on the ship. The Wookiee, Mallaova, made a similar offer. Kain accepted gratefully, seeing the potential of the pair within his ‘organization’.

They made for the Wheel, an easy place for the former prisoners still in their hold to start over. Raakla split up some of her own credits and issued a few to each prisoner as they stepped off the ship, and Saa Dal offered to set about a dozen, those with trade skills, up with new identification papers, presuming a fee would be provided in return after employment. Sesta’atin was convinced, wherever he was, to work up those papers for the dozen.

Finally, a visit to Borda on the Wheel reminded Kain of something very important – he was under the thumb of a crime lord who wanted either his cooperation or his money, and preferably both. With no jobs to be sure of, he bartered with Borda to buy three weeks’ time to arrange some cash, and started looking for a job. Once again, Raakla had another job fall into her lap – smuggling blasters to a Rodian on Ylesia. With no other clear options in sight, Kain set course for Ylesia.

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Jewel of Yavin: Part I

DAY ONE:
- Asked around about all 7 of the bidders
- Kain has asked about some of the bidders and casing for the heist
- Speeder was purchased and Le-0n and Sesta’Atin have begun working on it
- Eijax can look into one individual/day. He looked into Shreya day 1.
- Stay at the Yarith Bespin, nicest suite. Extends our Day 1 for gathering information
- 3 Beldon’s Buffet to mingle and get info
- Staying at Yarith Bespin: Caltho the hutt, Pos Podura, Zekra Full, Vorace Tabarith
- Jewel of Yavin, a coruska gem, can be used for a lightsaber. Very high quality.

BIDDERS:
- Silent Auction: We need to motivate the bidders to raise their bids

Caltho the hutt: Powerful crime family. Geija’s cousin. Caltho is very skinny underneath his robes.
- Karek: Caltho the Hutt’s body guard (Karek) goes to the 4 1/2 Bar and gets drunk (responsibly). He is disgruntled and not getting paid enough.
- Bos Nos’da: Private cook in the kitchen. Feels confident in his position with the Hutt. Bos doesn’t know why Caltho is skinny. Strictly economic – he only wants is to be able to sell it. When there was a legitimate market, the average price was 1 million credits. That is no longer possible. He would spend ~333k. Bos doesn’t know anything about any of the other bidders.

Shreya Ordasa: Togruta. Professor, University of Sanbra. Wants gem for University. Has a pompous assistant droid. Romantic relationship with Achso Otraat (Shagrian). There is no information for how she left Shili. She does not talk about it. She joined the university at the age to learn at a university. She is teaching where she went to school. She met Achso while teaching there (a few years ago). A secret romance budded between them. Achso tried to convince her to drop her entire life and when she refused, things went sour. They are all but at one another’s throats and knowledge that the other is present will drive them to prevent them from obtaining the gem.

Achso Otraat: Shagrian. Former imperial senate aid. Former romantic interest of Raakla. A few of Porttowns portayers of vice recall him having some run in with Vorce Tabarith (crime lord). He frequently visits Figg Hall to have an audience with the Baron administerator Cal Rissian (Lando) to expand his business interests in the outer rim. No idea what his current business is.

Pos Podura: Twi’lek. Male. Mid-level executive at Thoratech (rapidly growing). Regularly visits seedy cantinas in Porttown. He is not actually an executive, but is one of their IT guys. He hacked his credentials to make himself able to bid. He wants to win the gem for Shreya Ordasa. He was one of her students and fell in love with her. He hasn’t spoken to her since he graduated. He goes to The 4 1/2 Bar and gets completely wasted. We found out information through Kain’s force powers.

Zekra Full: Human. Lady. Brunette. Brown eyes. She has a public profile on the infonet. She is a human representative for the outer rim exploratory mining corps. The OREMC is a recent venture backed by patrons by the Core Worlds to seek mineral wealth in the outer rim. A small office of OREMC is located in one of the better districts of Cloud City. Zekra Full wants it for the center piece for the company to show off their accomplishments. Eijax thinks she’s an accomplished liar and her cover story is bullshit. He also thinks that she caught onto him lying.
- Eijax probably shouldn’t speak with Zekra any longer

Elaisa ????: Human. Older lady. Rumors swirl about the origins of her wealth. “Batty old human woman with too much to spend.” Elaisa has developed a degree of notoriety for her mysterious riches. Tracking her comings and goings is not difficult if someone asks around. Caltho the Hutt has taken an interest in her. He has been asking around about her past/wealth. He thinks she came from Nar Shada. Elaisa has ocassionally let slip an odd familiarity with the Jewel of Yavin. She may have owned it in her youth.
- Kain found her eating at a hole in the wall restaurant. Kain could not get any sort of reading on her with his force abilities. Kain shouldn’t try and get further information out of her.

Vorce Tabarith: Burly human. Runs ones of Cloud City’s strongest criminal syndicates. Vorce is frequently drunk these days. His men grow disloyal as he appears to be growing soft. Some bolder men are willing to turn on him for credits. They can be found at Landing Bay 124 A.
- Relationship? Vorce doesn’t want the gem. He is doing it to placate Aeris. Get the impression that Aeris does not like her husband.

OTHER:

Aeris Shen: Pantoran. Wife of Vorce Tabarith. Our contact and coordinating the entire heist.

Marice Grayson: He ruined Aerin Shen’s life. He bankrupted him and put his wife into prison.

Gantel Dro: Defel, Male. He is the security chief for the night crew at the Museum. He goes to The 4 1/2 Bar and gets drunk. Living shadow. He tried to pull a gem heist himself, but got caught. Doesn’t care about money and wants to disgrace Grayson. Not a lot of cooperation between Grayson and the Wing Guard. They don’t want to help him do anything. The garbage disposal/chute is a weak point. Gantel has been asking for security there and it has not been granted. Museum security cameras don’t cover all points of the building. The areas the camera cannot see: storeroom, cleaner’s room, cafe kitchen. He has no intention of skirting his duties. He’ll kill people who break in.

Aerin Shen: Father of Aeris Shen.

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