Arriving at the planet known as Bastion, the protagonists were treated cordially by Captain Rykan Kaine – with a few notable exceptions. Hexx was kept as a prisoner, due to both his actions as a stowaway and the less than steller recommendations given by Bando and Jinx, along with Ryo Rey who reacted quite poorly to being detained.
After a meeting with the Captain and his command crew – along with a person Bando and Jinx quickly determined was an ISB-type agent – Jinx and Bando made preparations to arrive planetside for questioning, while Hexx was left alone with the unknown agent.
The agent asked a few probing questions of Hexx regarding his rescue of Arix and company, with an especially keen interest on the Force Wielder’s actions. Prying the truth from Hexx, the agent left the room, giving the stormtroopers authorization to release his restraints and get him cleaned up.
Shortly after, the protagonists were led to a hanger and boarded a Lambda shuttle for the capital city of Bastion, with various protagonists noting the TIE patrols, Golan weapon platforms, and a Super Star Destroyer in orbit.
Arriving planetside, they were taken to a very nice hotel and given their own rooms – very nice, but still restricted as they could not leave the room. Perusing the local holos, they attempted to glean some information regarding how the planet operated before debrief. They managed to ascertain that the Pentastar Alignment was in an expansion phase and reportedly needed additional laborers and workers, that the treatment of aliens was more egalitarian than in the Empire proper, and that they aggressively defended their borders but where not in open hostilities. Jinx also managed to glean that while their slant on the galactic events was negative, they were not outright lying in their portrayal of events.
After receiving a request for a dinner meeting with a Ms Antilles, Hexx, Jinx, and Bando left with plenty of time to spare to make their travel accommodations. Realizing the rather ritzy level of accommodations, they quickly imbibed expensive liquor and make inordinate demands for rare items as they arrived at the Alderaanian Sunset lounge and restaurant.
Making their way to a secluded booth, they soon met with Mathis Antilles. She introduced herself as an Undermoff in service of Grand Moff Ardus Kaine, and engaged the protagonists in conversation. Frequently offering to answer any questions regarding the Pentastar Alignment, she informed the protagonists that Grand Moff Kaine organized the Pentastar Alignment a few months ago in response to the state of the Galaxy proper. According to her, he founded the Pentastar Alignment with 4 other signatories and created a government blending the ideals of the Empire with some of that of the original Confederate of Independent Systems’ Parliamentary structures. Mathis also stressed the more egalitarian treatment of aliens and nonaggression pacts with various other powers as hallmarks of the Grand Moff’s leadership.
After answering their questions, the Undermoff steered the conversation towards Naboo and it’s civil war. Probing the protagonists regarding the state of affairs, she gently steered the conversation to the expected results of the civil war – according to Pentastar High Command, Queen Seramie had a low chance of winning the war and a virtually nonexistance chance of maintaining neutrality beyond a month due to logistics and military might. To that end, she made an offer to the protagonists: assist her in negotiating with the people loyal to Queen Seramie to relocate to the Pentastar Alignment in exchange for citizenship for the citizens of Naboo and safe harbor from their enemies.
Giving them until next morning to decide, she departed the lounge for other business. Deciding to sample the life of the planet before making a decision, the protagonists left for the casino in town – the Lucky Star.
Upon arriving, they sampled the local sample of citizenry. After a wild night – in which Bando took an odd strain of Glitterdust and had a very strange reaction – the protagonists learned that the treatment of aliens was far better in the Pentastar Alignment than other systems, but that came at a cost of increased Nationalism – it was not species against species, but the Pentastar Alignment against the other galactic powers. They also determined that there was no Black Sun or Hutt Cartel presence on the planet, but rather a new underworld player that went by an old group’s name – the Exchange.
After the casino event, the protagonists ended up in a rather seedy part of town and met with an underworld contact known as Double A – Amara Alleira. With Bando in the transport, Jinx and Hexx met with a notably cyborged human female and had a discussion regarding their underworld inquiries and lay of the land. Leaving with a message from Amara to “tell Mathis I said hello…and that it is feasible”, the protagonists were dismissed and led back to their quarters on planet.
The next morning, the protagonists met with the Undermoff to discuss her proposal. Putting forth their conditions – citizenship in the Pentastar Alignment, avoidance of being drafted into their military, and preferential treatment for Queen Seramie’s people – the protagonists agreed to undertake the mission. Given 7 days to prepare, the Undermoff granted them wider travel leeway and lifted the harsher restrictions set in place.
The protagonists used the 7 days to get back into a groove – Jinx, Hexx, and Bando utilized the shipyard facilities in orbit to retrofit their freighter – overhauling the power core, installing the smuggler bins and hooking up the weapons to the power core. Bando also researched the Exchange, and learned from his inquires that it was rumored to be an off-books arm of the government rather than a true criminal underground.
With the ship repaired, the protagonists set off to reassemble their crew. Ciri and Tiali agreed to come back aboard without much effort, but the protagonists soon ran into complications. Hexx had to pay 15,000 credits to secure B1-Ex’s release – he apparently shot and injured a Pentastar Alignment officer and destroyed a large amount of property before being subdued, and was unable to be free on-planet. Hexx was also able to reacquire the R2 and R5 droid units purchased by Jinx, but the old T7 model was scrapped for parts by the droid technicians. Ryo also declined to come aboard – she managed to obtain employment at a high end restaraunt on Bastion and elected to stay there a while, while they were unable to locate Re’na until the very last day – they noticed her hanging around the host of the parties at the Lucky Star, Sygnus Bulva, and Bando mentioned that she was most likely integrating herself into the planet’s Underworld.
Purchasing a few last minute items, including a culinary droid and some new clothing, the protagonists left Bastion’s orbit and made for the rendevous with the Undermoff. They arrived to the site of a Marauder-class corvette in an out of the way section of space that tractored them into the docking bay and it made preparations to go to hyperspace.