8th February, 2008:
Firstly, for those who've been having trouble keeping track of exactly what our dramatical personages look like, this should clear things up. That's right, this campaign has spawned fanart!
Front row, left to right: Assem Daur, human Jedi and collector of lightsabers, as played by big_blue_bear; Meth Nonchal, former Rebellion commando discovering her Force potential, as played by ash1977law; Momor Sabat, ithorian scoundrel and gunslinger, as played by Storge; Arex Threepio, noble protocol droid and crimelord, as played by tilteffect; Arex's minion, the jawa Nebit.
Back row: YOON KAI, kel-dor bounty hunter (in disguise..?), as played by pearceyface.
Now, what was it that happened last session..?
A vicious firefight ensues, stormtroopers mown down with brutal efficiency by our heroes. They seem to be guarding crates of Imperial standard food (tasty gruel, crackers and water), and besides helping themselves to as much as possible (even while Yoon-Kai and Sabat are tempted to try out human flesh again) Meth hits upon the idea of pushing the crate around as mobile cover.
This comes in handy as the pre-warned squad of stormtroopers in the corridor outside show no quarter, blasting away as soon as the door opens. Again they find themselves outmatched, and the team proceeds to mop up the rest of the facility.
First comes a couple of stormtroopers, accompanied by an axe-wielding woman and a devaronian bounty hunter. No time is wasted on words, with grenades flying at both sides, damaging some of the crates being guarded here. Meth helps herself to the heavy blaster the bounty hunter was carrying while investigation of the crate contents reveals a thorough report on Ssi-ruuk anatomy and belief, as well as old journals and contingency orders belonging to former Emperor Palpatine.
They're pocketed for later on, as there are more stormtroopers to kill. This last group is around a hole in the ground, where an iktotchi tech specialist named Sperry is being forced to construct a lift. Once freed, she pleads ignorance of what intentions the Imperials have, and is allowed to return to the entrance to wait in the company of Fandomar and Formby (ooh! That sounds like a good name for a detective agency...).
Into the dark on liquid rope, Yoon-Kai dispatches a couple more stormtrooper sentries before kicking the door open to the heart of the complex.
All attempts to ape ssi-ruuk arcitecture is thrown aside as Imperial symbols are stamped everywhere, with a large, presumably bottomless, pit in the centre. Stretching up the walls are seemingly endless glass-fronted alcoves, no doubt being regulated by the consoles attended by the dark acolytes and their master, the red-robed and skull-faced inquisitor that greets the party, asking them to join him in appreciation of Palpatine's failsafe.
They answer his conversation with blaster fire. Yoon-Kai takes down an acolyte, only to find his windpipe suddenly constricted as the inquisitor calls upon the Dark Side. This rush of Force energy must have been taken from his acolytes, who find themselves unable to work themselves up into quite the Dark Rage they'd hoped to.
Yoon-Kai is freed as Daur gives the inquisitor a taste of his own medicine, but the Imperial agent is prepared, and after a few moments of struggling for breath has the tables turned, the Jedi helpless before a more powerful Force user.
Then a nearby loader-suit (think Aliens) crashes into the inquisitor, driven by Meth's Force powers. It also destroys one of the precious consoles, prompting the inquisitor to scream in rage and slice the machine apart with a quickly revealed lightsaber gauntlet.
Seeing this, ArEx and Nebbit ditch blasters (leaving Yoon-Kai and Sabat to fight of the acolytes) to blow apart consoles with their ion weapons, frying one of the acolytes in the process. Daur duels with another atop a console, even as it explodes around him.
Then the inquisitor - soon identified as Ral Parthas, the third of the triumverate they've met - storms into combat, deflecting blaster shots and raging against fate as his acolytes and his careful plans collapse around him.
Then Meth loops a string of thermal detonators around his neck before pegging it away with the non-Jedi. Almost casually, Parthas tosses the explosives down into the abyss moments before they explode.
Ignorant of what's going on and consumed with rage, he flings dark electrical Force blasts from his fingers at his nearest irritation. ArEx throws himself between the inquisitor and Yoon-Kai however, soaking the brunt of the lightning with his shield. Then - despite not being a droid prone to violence - he charges in with his knife to settle the matter.
Sabat and Yoon-Kai's blaster fire keeps Parthas occupied while Daur leaves his battle with the remaining acolyte to pit lightsaber against lightsaber. But then he tumbles between the inquisitor's legs and behind the droid, punting Parthas back towards the crevice with a simple Force Thrust.
Inquisitor Ral Parthas does not die willingly, but should be grateful for small mercies as, before he gets the chance to fall, the concussive force and flame of the thermal detonators erupts from beneath to obliterate him.
The building begins to collapse as the machines that haven't exploded thus far decide to join the prevailing opinion, and the alcoves along the walls shatter fiercely. It's a hurried retreat that our heroes beat, pausing only to scoop up Fandomar, Formby and Sperry (not such a good detective agency) and dive out of the exit just as a fireball blasts out behind them.
Picking their faces from the dirt, they notice the clawed metal feet that can only belong to EksEksUnderscoreSlashEks. Sabat has a slightly more alarming revelation as he finds himself looking up at the now be-eyepatched (and more angry than he remembers him being) face of Cint Verf, his pilot and partner that he'd abandoned all those weeks ago aboard the Imperial Star Destroyer.
A happy reunion?
Laurence J Sinclair