The Buzzard's Flight

Episode 1: A New Ship

The heroes begin on the Wheel, a space station in the Mid Rim that has left them more or less stuck, given their particular situations:

Kain travelled here to find his fortune, only to discover he couldn’t afford to do much more than get here, with the credits he had.

LE-0N was ambushed shortly after coming to the station, and had been deactivated.

Raakla had found herself competing in the gladiatorial arena on the station, as “The Grindstone”.

Kain fell in with Borda the Black, who fronted the money to provide him with a beat-up old CEC YU-410 called the ‘ Lonely Buzzard’, an armed transport designed for bulk cargo work. It was slow, heavy, and had multiple issues, the bulk of which Kain did not yet know. However, once in bed with Borda, he started checking the old ship out.

The pilot found LE-0N hooked up to a port in one of the gear storage closets in the main causeway, deactivated. Hesitantly, he activated the droid, who proceeded to learn he had been shut down for several weeks, missing the intervening time entirely. He also had an encrypted file with the ship’s name in it in his memory, but could not access it.

Kain and LE-0N decided to work together for now, given that LE-0N didn’t want to be on the Wheel and Kain needed a mechanic. The pair checked over the ship, making sure all the systems were intact enough for flight. Once that was confirmed, Kain set off to Borda, to see about getting work.

Borda had a need for Qiiluran barq – he claimed to be throwing a party and needed approximately 250 tons of the luxury grain. Kain balked at it, but Borda insisted that this job would aid in reducing Kain’s debt to him, so Kain finally acquiesced, after bargaining with the Defel for discretionary funds to hire a little bit of muscle on the run.

Raakla ran into Kain in the casino, not desperate for funds, but certainly ready to move on, as the arena had run dry on money for her. He cut her a deal – 1,000 credits for the run, plus free room, board, and meals. Seeing no other opportunities forthcoming, Raakla accepted.

The hyperspace trip to Qiilura was uneventful, but gave the rag-tag group a chance to fix the quality of life issues on the Buzzard. Some issues, like a problem with the middle engine firing and a laser turret that was completely inoperable, would need dock time to fully assess, but weren’t critical to the ship’s flying.

They made it to Qiilura and were inspected by an Imperial Customs Cruiser. Feigning a hull breach (leveraged by a real hull breach that was actually much smaller), the crew gained permission to land to effect emergency repairs.

Landing on Qiilura, they contacted Borda’s surface broker – he informed the crew that the grain was ready, but wasn’t able to be shipped to the spaceport. They would have to fly their ship out to the farm where the grain had been processed. Reluctantly, they broke from their slip at the spaceport and flew fast for the farm, timing it for when the customs cruiser was as far away from the planet as could be managed. They landed and opened their bays, Raakla stepping out to meet the farmers. They triggered load lifters to haul the grain into the Buzzard’s cargo bays and Raakla watched.

Two Imperial scouts showed up on speeder bikes, stepping off to inspect what was going on. Upon realizing they weren’t authorized, they drew weapons to attack. Raakla was faster, stabbing one trooper with both of her vibroblades. The other was surprised by LE-0N, who shot the blaster out of his hands. He bolted for his bike and Raakla beat him there, knocking him off the bike and bidding him to run. Kain jammed short-range comms and the droid and Togruta loaded the bikes and rifles onto the ship. LE-0N even stopped to administer medical aid to the fallen trooper.

The crew bid the farmers to say they were forced at gunpoint to give up the shipment, and then took off, heading for space.

The cruiser intercepted them, launching TIE fighters. LE-0N manned a turret remotely, while Raakla got into a gunwell. The fighters put up a good fight, significantly damaging the undermanned freighter, but a few lucky shots from Raakla and some fancy tricks from Kain kept them alive and wound up with two exploded TIEs. They made the jump to hyperspace and out to the Wheel.

Borda indicated they handled the run poorly and offered to knock only 3,000 off of Kain’s 70,000 credit debt. With no other alternative, Kain agreed, and came to realize that Borda was really just stringing him along – the debt was unlikely to go away any time soon.

Episode 3: Silence on Lamaredd

The Buzzard was given coordinates to Lamaredd, a world not on Imperial star charts. Landing, they find a secretive corporate mining operation, left alone by Imperial forces. Essentially, a haven for smugglers needing a little downtime.

With the parts for their new engine assembly aboard, LE-0N remains behind to work on them, while Raakla and Kain seek work in the spaceport. Speaking with a fast-talking Rodian, they agree to transport a package to one of the out-of-the-way mining platforms via speeder. As the evening starts, the pair take off on one of the ship’s speeder bikes.

As LE-0N works on the ship, he hears scrabbling over the ship’s hull, as though it’s being climbed upon. Checking the sensors, he confirms energy sources and receives an automated message from the starport – Lamaredd’s sister planets will orbit close overnight, making communications impossible. As the droid reads the message, a heavily armored Trandoshan comes into view, indicating LE-0N should come out. LE-0N attempts deception, fails, and finally tells the obvious bounty hunter ‘no’. The bounty hunter triggers his pet droids to swarm the Buzzard, carving at weak spots on the ship to get into it and at LE-0N.

Far away, Raakla and Kain cross one of Lamaredd’s many seas at high speed, crossing into a forest near the platform. A few seeming attacks strike the bike, distracting them, but Kain presses forward – into a net that has been set up to pull them off of the bike.

LE-0N, knowing he’s a sitting duck, sets a timer on the ship’s computer to open and close the ship’s starboard cargo door. Climbing onto the second speeder bike, he waits until the door swings open and blasts out, shooting the docking bay door open and flying through. The hunter fires, clipping LE-0N’s arm and causing him to lose control. The droid regains it long enough to shoot out of a cargo loading door and land on the beach outside, the speeder bike engines dying in the process, and the hunter close behind.

Raakla and Kain get free of the net and discover their ‘captors’, lemuroid aliens called the Menahuun. They routinely capture non-Menahuun due to persecution from the human populace, and this was no exception… until their leader got near Kain. Suddenly, quiet chants of ’Pa’ela’ surround them, and Kain learns something very important… he might be able to access the Force.

LE-0N, pinned down on the beach, hears the spaceport klaxons activate, but he won’t be able to hold on with no cover until security comes. When a lucky shot from the hunter’s carbine hits the droid in the face, nearly destroying it, LE-0N takes a chance and climbs back on the bike, hoping against hope to turn the bike on. He gets lucky and it powers on. Pivoting the blaster cannon on it, he fires on the hunter, chasing him off. Rather than follow into an almost certain trap, LE-0N waits for security, feigning that his master’s ship was attacked, and security is content to leave that explanation as is.

Raakla and Kain are travelling with the Menahuun, Kain eager to understand more of what this means to him, when the bike detects a ship nearby. The Menahuun move immediately to find it and determine its purpose, and Kain decides that he and Raakla will go ahead. The ship turns out to be a charnel house with a hyperdrive – half-eaten bodies, skeletal security droids, and a smell so unspeakably horrible that both smugglers are forced to wear breath masks. Raakla finds a ‘trophy room’ with weapons, skins, and explosives, including a pair of thermal detonators. After checking out the cockpit, the ship’s alert is triggered, forcing them to close the doors away from a legion of taloned droids. While Raakla hacks at the viewport to make an exit, Kain locates an emergency hatch and works feverishly to open it. A few droids almost make it in, but Raakla fends them off. Finally, the hatch is dogged open and the pair escape… just in time to see the owner, a heavily armored Trandoshan. arrive in a hovertruck and offload more of the horrible combat droids. Adrenaline gripped both of them, leading to simultaneous insane plans. Kain gets ready to fire on the cockpit with the bike, and Raakla sneaks aboard, securing the thermal detonator and uses it to thoroughly lethal effect, wrecking most of the Trandoshan’s ship and crippling him.

Left with no real idea why they reacted so violently to the pilot’s return, the pair leave, claiming what was left of the ship as salvage. They give it to the starport for the berth time to effect some repairs from previous battles, and learn from the stricken ship’s computer that the hunter was named Klassht, and was the hunter most equipped to seek out LE-0N and bring him to justice.

Sobered by their experiences, the crew finishes repairs and modifications and leaves Lamaredd in silence.

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.

Jewel of Yavin: Part I

- 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.

- 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.


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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