Departing from the Sovereign Dawn station in Naboo, the Kismet started it’s long journey to the other side of the galaxy in search of a Jedi artifact.
Bando and Jinx quickly put together a list of ship components needed to upgrade the ship – stronger shields and engines, weapons, military grade comms and sensors, and a faster hyperdrive.
Stopping by Bannister Station to attempt to acquire some supplies, they quickly realized that their needs exceeded most smaller suppliers for all but the most common items, such as fuel and food stores, and that they needed a more illicit marketplace. With their needs known, they plotted a course for the one location they knew dealt with such goods – the Manaan shadowport of Blackwater.
With a poorly optimized hyperspace routed plotted by Hexx, the Kismet made it’s way to Blackwater. Arriving in system and docking, Jinx immediately felt apprehensive returning to the shadowport and was perpetually distracted as Jinx, Bando, and Re’na departed for the markets.
Feeling like they were being followed, Jinx led Bando on a winding path through the markets as they somewhat ineptly asked around for suppliers. After purchasing some droids, Jinx’s paranoia proved correct, as their second stop – fuel – led to an ambush.
A pair of Duros bounty hunters ambushed Bando and Jinx. One Duros managed to critically wound Jinx before getting knifed by Bando, but the other Duros fled after dropping a fake frag grenade at Bando’s feet. Bando patched up Jinx, and Jinx resolved to go back to the ship and not leave it while they were on Manaan – it was cursed to him. Going solo, Bando left to continue purchasing needed supplies.
While heading to purchase medical supplies, Bando noticed the unwanted Twi’lek passenger Re’na mingle throughout the market place….robbing everyone blind as they paid little heed to an unassuming young Twi’lek girl. With a warming disposition towards her more morally pragmatic adventures, Bando purchased 5 barrels of Kolto and a kolto tank from the Selkath traders in the shadowport, and had it delivered with instructions for Ciri to begin installing it ASAP to treat Jinx. Leaving the vendor, he noticed Re’na also stopping in the vendor.
Waiting for Re’na to leave the vendor, he flagged her down and inquired as to what she was doing. Explaining that she was “earning her berth”, Re’na accompanied him on the rest of the shopping.
Their next stop was a sensor’s shop. After Bando was frustrated in his negotiations with the vendor – and unwilling to pay 75,000 for a military grade sensor suite – Re’na pointedly inquired as to how important a good reputation on the shadowport was to Bando. Explaining that he wanted to remain at least grudgingly welcome, Re’na suggested he distract the shopkeep while she looked for the sensor suite.
As Bando reengaged the shopkeep with stalled negotiations, he was shocked as Re’na made her way behind the shopkeep and proceeded to deliver a quick and fatal stab wound to the shopkeep. As she calmly went and marked the shop closed, Bando sliced into the databanks of the shop, and found the inventory list. Taking all the sensor suite packages he had available, Re’na and Bando quickly took anything else of value from the shop and left, with Re’na leaving behind a Black Sun badge on the dead shopkeep.
Re’na and Bando then proceeded to the engines and weapons vendor areas, making sure to be as stealthy as possible to avoid more ambushes. Realizing time was short, Bando and Re’na replicated their tactics in the engine area, acquiring more efficient sublight engines, and proceeded with less stealth towards the Black Sun operated weapons vendors, where things took a turn for the worse.
Initially, the weapons exchange went smooth, with Bando acquiring 2 pop up laser cannons for the Kismet. As he was looking at other purchases, Re’na rather pointedly insisted that they leave. As they did, Bando heard a massive explosion and the sounds of blaster fire coming from the weapons vendor – the Hutt Cartel launched an assault on the Black Sun in retaliation for their murdering Hutt-affiliated merchants.
As they left, Bando mentioned to Re’na that they did not manage to get all the weapons that they wanted. Seeing the chaos and confusion ensuing in the shadowport, Re’na suggested that perhaps another berthed cargo freighter may have a few items that fell off the cargo ramps and that they should perhaps investigate a few of them. Warming to her idea, they scouted out a lone freighter ripe for investigating.
With Re’na taking out the mechanic, Bando started looking over the ship’s weapons and engines to see if anything was salvagable. After discovering the ship had a old Separatist model turbolaser installed, he radioed Jinx to send the cargo hauler and B1-EX to the cargo bay to transport “purchased goods”. Jinx, not realizing the source of the goods, sent the droids and went back to installing the Kolto tank.
Back at the ship, Bando was having a tough time with the turbolaser until B1-EX arrived. With B1-EX’s help, they quickly dismantled the turbolaser and loaded it up on the hauler droid. Re’na also directed the hauler droid to remove 4 crates that she found in a smuggler’s hold and some additional components to help create said compartments.
Fending off an ambush on the way back to the ship – leaving Bando heavily wounded – they arrived back at the Kismet as the gang war worsened. With Bando going into the newly installed Kolto tank and their supplies loaded onto the ship, Hexx plotted a course for Ord Mantell and they left the Manaan shadowport behind, once again burning and in a state of chaos as they slipped out unnoticed.