After arriving and assessing the Lone Star Consortium base that they recently purchased, the protagonists headed back into Theed to pick up supplies – power generators, supplies, basic goods, and droids – and to make contacts in their new prospective home base.
The protagonists eventually made their way to Keren, an Alderaanian-dominated city on Naboo recently expanding due to resettlements. During the excursion to the casino in Keren, the protagonists researched the Bounty Board and Mercenary Contract options available to them.
Determining that the Bounty option was not effective – they would need to place a bond, compete against others, and pay to become members – they switched focus to the Mercenary Contract options available. After discussing available options – Unknown, Escort, Assault, and Courier categories – and prospective pay and starting locations, they determined to take a lower paying job located on Naboo. After accepting the contract, they were to meet in Theed in 2 days to discuss details.
After taking the contract, the protagonists gambled a bit at the establishment and found out a large scale Sabaac tournament was being held next day. They stayed for the tournament, and did some research on the gamblers.
A few big names were identified – Aran Tharadon, Lando Calrissian, and members of house Rist and Organa – but ultimately a member of the Kuat family won the 1,000,000 credit Sabaac tournament. They also discovered that a former contact from Manaan – Strahn – was at the tournament, which made the protagonists apprehensive of reprisals.
After the party, including Tolwyn, met back up at the mountain holdout where they discussed information – the party informing Tolwyn of the events at the casino, and Tolwyn informing them of his distrust of Keren and fears of his uncle’s influence spreading.
Hexx and CZ 42 went back into Keren, where Hexx engaged in a high stakes Sabaac game. After almost folding – to have his buy-in paid for by an unknown third party – Hexx narrowly won the final jackpot – over 100,000 credits, 5 construction droids, a title to a Ghrtoc 580 freighter, and the deed to a ‘recreational base’ in the Ord Mantell system – and quickly left the casino. On their way out, CZ and Hexx noticed Aran Tharadon placing bets on military engagements, a person identified as a member of the House Rist delegation chatting with a lady of the evening, and Strahn calmly watching them leave from a stool in the cantina.
The next day, they traveled to Theed for the meet with their contact for the mercenary gig. Prior to the meeting they attempted to get their new freighter out of Theed spacedock, to discover that it had 45,000 credits worth of impound fees. Upon the meet, they discovered the contact was Aran Tharadon, who was an emissary for Alwyn Sirana. Alwyn warmly welcomed the protagonists, getting a rude return welcome, and calmly explained the mission: 75,000 credits, 1/3 up front, for a contract between 2 and 6 weeks as part of a fleet engagement. The protagonists bargained instead for 25,000 upon completion and the release of their freighter from impound, which was agreed to by Alwyn. They were giving a location to meet – Sharlissia – and a time frame of 2 days.
After the meet, Hexx arranged for Nubian x1 hyperdrives to be installed on the skipray and freighter and they met up with Tolwyn, who rudely greeted them at a home in Naboo – he was just targeted for assassination from a member of house Rist. Tolwyn then left to go visit Boss Zast to make arrangements while the protagonists took care of business in town.
2 days and 25,000 credits later, Tolwyn met with the protagonists to deliver crates of goods – spare parts, supplies, power convertors, munitions, and other miscellaneous items. Tolwyn then proposed that he take the freighter and the droids to the asteroid in Ord Mantell and work on arranging habitation since his presence has begun to attract attention in their area, while the protagonists meet and complete the contract – or double cross Alwyn.
Upon arriving at Sharlissia, the protagonists were the first ones to arrive. However,within 6 hours 20 capital or near-capital ships arrived, along with a series of light and heavily modified freighters. 12 hours later, a battle group of 2 Venator-class Star Destroyers and 3 Dreadnaught class cruisers arrived in system – Hexx and CZ identified them as the battle group that Alwyn had in Yag’Dhul.
Captain Aban sent out a fleet wide broadcast, identifying them as part of the Outer Rim Confederacy Fleet Group 8, and requested senior staff to be on site in the Remembrance in 3 hours to discuss the battle briefing.