STAR WARS: The Darkness Saga

SEASON 1 - Episode 1

The Golden Arcadium

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EPISODE I
The Golden Arcadium


Dark times have befallen the galaxy. Five years have passed since the GALACTIC EMPIRE replaced the Republic. Thousands of Jedi have been murdered and millions of displaced citizens have been forced to flee into the Outer Rim.

In the wake of these events, disreputable merchants and smugglers scramble to take advantage of the situation, while confusion and desperation has created a haven for the galaxy’s underworld.

Meanwhile, on the industrial planet of Haenat a former Clone Trooper and his ward have come out of hiding, seeking assistance to leave the system. Little do they know that others have also discovered their call for help....

TRIGGERED OBLIGATION: None (Campaign Start)
DESTINY POOL: Light Side 5 / Dark Side 4

EVENTS

SCENE: Starfield.
The expanse of space. The camera pans down to a reddish-orange planet. The space around the planet is busy, with starship traffic darting around the planet’s atmosphere and surface. Suddenly, a YT-1000 freighter races towards the camera. Several TIE/ln fighters can be seen in the background, all travelling at break neck speed, each attempting to catch up with the fleeing freighter. Two of the TIE/ln fighters manage to close with the ship, and each fires their laser cannons across the ship’s surface.

CUT TO: Cockpit of the YT-1000 Light Freighter “Star Wanderer”
A young pilot is frantically punching formula into a navi-computer. A Twi-lek female in coveralls is sitting next to him, the look on her face clearly shows that she is just as concerned as her pilot. The cabin of the cockpit shudders, and several alarms start sounding on the controls. The young pilot turns to the Twi’lek.



CUT-TO: Exterior of Nightclub “Techno Lesion”
The scene is several hours earlier in a nightclub in downtown Haenat. A large droid stands across the road from the nightclub, its sensors scanning the area for threat; a heavy blaster rifle slung across its back. A young woman dressed in a cloak and a tall male wearing what could be considered to resemble an older style Clone Trooper armour approach the front door of the club. As the young woman enters, the armoured figure surveys the surrounding area, before also disappearing inside.

CUT-TO: Interior of Nightclub “Techno Lesion”
As the two enter, a suave man waves at them, and the two make their way to the booth where he is seated. The young man introduces himself as Arcz Blakeney and confirms that the tall man is Content Not Found: pc-nexus_, the one who contacted him about passage off-world. Discussions progress and Content Not Found: pc-nexus_ reveals that he and his ward are looking to get off world in a timely manner without any Imperial entanglements. Concerned, Arcz asks what price did they have in mind. Content Not Found: pc-nexus explains that they have a small amount of cash, but would be able to access larger quantities of cash at the end of their journey. Arcz seemed concerned, but after further discussion, he explained he would need to discuss the matter with his associates. Arcz then nods towards the bar, in the direction of another young man and a Twi-lek female, both of whom appear to be keeping a watchful eye on the table. Arcz excused himself and made his way towards the rest rooms. The second man at the bar, Zax Wettega, informs his Twi-lek associate L’zadarma D’bro, that he would be back momentarily. L’zadarma, who was wearing coveralls and looked a little out of place, waited patiently for the return of her friend, all whilst keeping a watchful eye on the two at the table.

CUT-TO: Exterior of Nightclub “Techno Lesion”
KYN-11T watches as two thugs, armed with blaster pistols, thankfully holstered, entered the nightclub. The droid upgraded its threat level to 4 which for Haenat was fairly normal.

CUT-TO: Interior of Nightclub “Techno Lesion”
The two thug type individuals enter the nightclub, and make their way to the other side of the bar opposite L’zadarma. The two appear to be looking about and then point discretely towards Arcz, Zax and then the two seated behind them namely El-Isara and Content Not Found: pc-nexus_. One of them pulls out a comlink to communicate with an unknown associate. El-Isara and _Content Not Found: pc-nexus notice this, as does KYN-11T and L’zadarma

Seeing the suspicious behaviour, the bodyguard droid KYN-11T moved from across the road to near the front door of the nightclub, as he has lost visual contact with his associate, Zax. As the droid arrived at the steps, it monitored a speeder further down the street activating its lights, and pulling up outside. The speeder contained 5 individuals, one who appeared to be wearing heavier grade armour than the others. The armoured individual existed the vehicle, and instructed the others to remain in the speeder to await his signal. The armoured individual brushed past the large droid, and entered the bar. The well-built man is closely monitored by KYN-11T, however it also noticed the men doing something in their laps. KYN-11T’s threat detector escalated to Level 8.

The armoured man quickly made his way through the bar and approached the two individuals who were monitoring El-Isara and Content Not Found: pc-nexus_. The men openly pointed towards the El-Isara and _Content Not Found: pc-nexus, at which time the armoured man told his associate who still holding the comlink to call the others. The associate activated the comlink, and KYN-11T saw the men in the speeder respond, their weapons now clearly visible, each pulling a mask over their face.

KYN-11T’s threat level increased to Maximum Threat, and the droid immediately drew his weapon from over his shoulder, and opened fire on the speeder with suppression fire. One of the men was caught by a stray shot, his chest nothing more than a chard mess. Meanwhile inside the club, people began to panic. Over the din of screams, the armoured man stepped forward and began yelling at Content Not Found: pc-nexus.



The man then drew his heavy blaster rifle, and pointed it firmly towards Content Not Found: pc-nexus, while the other two in the bar, pointed their weapons towards Zax and the rest of the crowd.

The crowd continued to panic, with people screaming and patrons falling over each other in their efforts to escape. Zax moved to engage the weapon wielding men, who by now were clearly identifiable as bounty hunters. The hunters were quicker, but Zax managed to dodge out of the way of their blasters. That was until he caught the tail end of a blaster shot which forced him to the ground, the keys to speeder sliding across the floor into the fleeing patrons.

L’zadarma quickly followed her patron, and for her protection drew what she thought was her blaster to shoot back at the assailants. Unfortunately, as was often the case, L’zadarma had successfully holstered her spanner instead of her blaster. A she held the spanner in her grip, she quickly realised that her best chance of clearing a path for her friend was to use the spanner as a projectile, and flung the tool at the main bounty hunter’s head. The spanner bounced off the hunter’s helmet, garnishing a growl from the seasoned warrior.

The hunter fired off a volley of stun rounds at Content Not Found: pc-nexus_, but the seasoned clone was far from affected by them. Content Not Found: pc-nexus_ quickly assessed the situation, knowing that the dark was possibly his greatest ally. Content Not Found: pc-nexus_ instructed his ward, the Padawan El-Isara, to flee, at which time Arcz offered the young woman an escape by blasting a hole through the nightclub’s window. _Content Not Found: pc-nexus meanwhile took aim at the power conduit he had spotted above their table and sent several blaster shots into the roof. Darkness engulfed the nightclub, at which time, Content Not Found: pc-nexus donned his helmet and took aim at the lead hunter.

CUT-TO: Exterior of Nightclub “Techno Lesion”
El-Isara jumped through the window, but caught herself slightly on the broken glass, but landed safely on the street outside. Her new friend Arcz was not far behind. Meanwhile, KYN-11T, having dealt with the remaining hunters by completely destroying their vehicle with further blaster fire, made its way into the club, and surveyed the scene.

CUT-TO: Interior of Nightclub “Techno Lesion”
Content Not Found: pc-nexus_ engaged the lead hunter, initially with weapon fire, but soon after, in hand to hand combat with his knife. The seasoned hunter was a formidable foe, and _Content Not Found: pc-nexus soon learned that he was clearly a match for his skills. Meanwhile, L’zadarma saw KYN-11T enter the club, and soon after, acting upon the knowledge of what normally happened next if someone got between KYN-11T and Zax. It was then she spotted her spanner, and by chance, Zax’s keys.

L’zadarma and Zax scambled on the floor, just as KYN-11T opened up on the remaining hunters who were still taking cover behind the bar. KYN-11T‘s heavy blaster obliterated the bar and to two hunters along with it. Zax motioned to L’zadarma, indicating that it was time to leave. It was at that time, that Zax realised two things. First, that he had just put his hand on the hunters heavy blaster rifle that he had just dropped, and secondly that he was on all fours in front of the hunter himself.

The lead hunter broke away from Content Not Found: pc-nexus_, and drew his heavy blaster pistol, aiming it at the young pilot. _Content Not Found: pc-nexus defended the young man and engaged with the hunter, partly on instinct, and partly because he felt that by saving the young man, he may be more open to helping him and El-Isara.

CUT-TO: Exterior of Nightclub “Techno Lesion”
El-Isara waited outside for Content Not Found: pc-nexus, watching the crowd spew out of the side entrance to the club. As she searched the crowd, Arcz landed on the road outside, and charmingly indicated towards a large speeder truck parked in an alleyway across the road from the club. El-Isara again scanned the crowd, but quickly sensed that her companion was well and truly alive. The young Padawan ran across the road, and jumped into the truck. As Arcz made his way across the road, he saw continued blaster fire from inside. Perhaps he could create a diversion, and make it easier for his companions to escape.

CUT-TO: Interior of Speeder Truck
El-Isara surveyed the interior of the truck. There were no keys and no way to make an early get away. El-Isara was by far an expert in mechanics, but she had seen enough vehicles hot-wired in her time, especially since being on the un from the Empire for the past five years. Without thinking, El-Isara popped the cover of the speeder’s steering column and pressed several circuits. The doors to the vehicle popped open, leaving her somewhat exposed to the viewing crowd. As she realised what she had done, she noticed Arcz attempting to take a few shots at the lead hunter, which did nothing but annoy the hunter, and aggravate the crowd.

CUT-TO: Interior of Nightclub “Techno Lesion”
Inside, Content Not Found: pc-nexus heard the all too familiar sound of a heavy blaster being set to auto-fire, and quickly ducked around the hunter, and sprinted out the door. L’zadarma and Zax heard it to, and ducked for cover as the droid opened up on the hunter, blasting the man into several pieces.

KYN-11T springted across the room, and collected Zax in his stride. L’zadarma meanwhile collected her spanner and the keys and followed the droid. As they approached the speeder, Zax demanded the keys from L’zadarma, and the Twi’lek, somewhat reluctantly threw them his way. Sirens could now be heard coming towards their position, and it was clearly time to leave.

CUT-TO: Exterior of Nightclub “Techno Lesion” and inside Speeder Truck
KYN-11T jumped into the rear compartment, as did Content Not Found: pc-nexus. El-Isara moved to the rear passenger seat, while L’zadarma jumped in her lap. Zax slid across the bonnet and landed in the driver’s seat of the open speeder, instinctively starting the vehicle. As Arcz slid in beside the pilot, Zax floored the controls, and the speeder-truck sped away from the crowd, into the darkness of the city back-alleys. As the speeder disappeared, a single flash from a holo-com belonging to one of the patrons of the club took note of the speeder truck’s registration code.

CUT-TO: Inside Speeder Truck
As Zax took great steps to use the backstreets to avoid detection, El-Isara received a message from a Toydarian informant named Jae Sund. Sund was a friend of Detr-ra Soong, a long time friend and associate of El-Isara.



Zax listened careful to the conversation. A statue both rare, and value – perfect for his needs.

Meanwhile, El-Isara pondered what she knew, attempting to remember what small amount of training that she had on the subject. She did recall something about the name. The statue was a rare artifact that was powerful, and should she get close to it, she could be able to feel it through the force. Content Not Found: pc-nexus_ voiced his concerned, and before Arcz could negotiate, Zax had already agreed that it was a deal. Content Not Found: pc-nexus_ seemed perplexed by this sudden agreement, in particular due to the fact that the statue had just been mentioned. El-Isara attempted to allay Content Not Found: pc-nexus’ concerns, however this was brushed aside when flashing lights appears in the speeders rear vision mirror.

CUT-TO: City Street
Zax pulls the speeder truck over, whilst KYN-11T and Content Not Found: pc-nexus hide down in the rear tray. The traffic stop was over qucikly, with a combined effort of Arcz’s fast talking, L’zadarma providing a distraction by draping her arm over the young El-Isara, and Zax spinning a tale that they had been at a nightclub where a droid went on the rampage. The traffic officer gave a warning only for the fact that Zax has passed through a red light, and let the heroes be on their way.

As the journey to their ship continued, L’zadarma suggested that she hack into the city planning registry to obtain blueprints of the Mining Guild Headquarters. Within minutes, L’zadarma had a full floorplan of the building. The group, en route to the starport, began discussing their plans to break into guild office.

CUT-TO: Security Checkpoint
The heroes travel to the spaceport only to be stopped by a long line of vehicles being scrutinized at a local security checkpoint leading into the facility. While waiting, Content Not Found: pc-nexus hid under the covers of the crates, while KYN-11T continued to monitor the situation also from the safety of the crates. As the group arrived, the security officers checked the vehicle over, whilst the lead officer started asking questions.

While Arcz and Zax were asked countless questions, El-Isara reached out subtlety with the force, and touched the officer’s mind. Using the Force, she eased his mind and allowed the officer to relax. One of the others security guards believed that they noticed something under the sheets at the rear of the vehicle and went to ask the lead officer to come and look. Believing what Arcz and Zax were saying about their frightful time at the nightclub he allowed them to pass.

CUT-TO: Interior of the YT-1000 “Star Wanderer”
The crew, El-Isara and Content Not Found: pc-nexus_ then started making their plan. It was decided that Arcz, El-Isara and Content Not Found: pc-nexus_ would travel to the Mining Guild Headquarters, retrieve the statue and if there were any complications, would be collected by the “Star Wanderer”. The execution of the plan was that Arcz would play the part of an ISB Agent who had been sent to collect the statue, El-Isara would play his cultural adviser and expert who specialised in the care of the artifact, while Content Not Found: pc-nexus would act as his personal Stormtrooper bodyguard.

First however, they would need to look the part, and Arcz went to his “uniform” collection and made up what he thought would be convincing ISB Agent attire. Second, Content Not Found: pc-nexus_ would need to make his armour similar to that of a stormtrooper. L’zadarma said she would take care of it, and _Content Not Found: pc-nexus went about removing his armour for her modification. During the modification, which took a couple of hours, it resulted in more than L’zadarma bargained for….

SUMMARY

  • The code that Content Not Found: pc-nexus had used was able to be traced
  • Bounty Hunters were acting on an Imperial Bounty for the arrest of Content Not Found: pc-nexus
  • The Statue that El-Isara sought was still on the planet, but had been taken to the Voyadax Conglomerate Headquarters.
  • The statue is due to be collected by an Imperial officer who has been sent from Dominus, the Capital of the Sector.
  • The statue has a name – The Golden Arcadium.
  • L’zadarma has a habit of forgetting her blaster and normally places her favourite wrench in her holster instead.

TOTAL XP: 15

Comments

I thought this Nexus character was a mercenary but a clone? Who’d have thought? Well those bounty hunters thought so, not that it did them much good. I hope the security cams got some good footage of me because I must have looked good!

Who else, in the middle of a firefight, would blow out the nearest window and then with grace and courtesy gesture for the lady go first? And then to follow this up with a witty remark and a pinpoint shot to send one of the hunters down before gracefully diving out the window to ensure the lady’s safety!

You know sometimes I even amaze myself!

Now to get things set for walking in the front door of Voyadax and walking out with the Golden…erm…Acorn? Arcarnum? Perenium? Oh well I’ll just make it up as I go. That always keeps things exciting!

SEASON 1 - Episode 1
 

(PC) KYN-11T:

Techno Lesion threat assessment:

Imminent threat to primary programming objective: Protect Zax Wettega

Resolution:

Eliminated threat Ensure safety of Zax Wettega

SitRep:

Threat eliminated. Zax Wettega alive but injured,

Post OP report:

Zax Wettega requires better personal armor. Ensure L’zadarma D’bro equips firearm instead of tools for missions
SEASON 1 - Episode 1
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