After the protagonists met with Tolwyn, they set out for their respective tents to ponder how to proceed with the 3 factions pulling at Seramie. However, they were quickly brought into the many machinations transpiring around them.
Soon before morning, Hexx awoke to the unsettling sight of a protocol droid staring at him. Stating that Hexx needed to come with him immediately, the droid did not hesitate to heavily stun Hexx when he took too long to comply with getting dressed. As he was hauled out to a speeder and taken out of the command area, Bando noticed the behavior and moved to intercept, but he was a moments too late and lost the droid.
As Bando attempted to find Hexx, he discovered that a number of droids fitting the description were being sent to Keren on orders originating from Captain Panaka. As he made his way into the city to investigate and collect “defective droids”, he determined from a hapless militia recruit bearing Panaka’s colors that over 30 droids were in the immediate 20 block vicinity of himself. Resolved to find the droid and Hexx, he proceeded to start rounding up droids.
As Bando was searching Keren, Hexx woke in a dark and wet cell. After many attempts to free himself from his bonds, he was dragged from the cell by the same protocol droid and carried deeper into the area. As he was unceremoniously dropped, he stared into the dark area, trying to make out details. As he noticed that the droid slipped away, an unfamiliar voice started making inquiries as towards Hexx’s motives, and offered him a proposition: in exchange for his freedom, a new identity, and a ship to call his own, all they asked was he deliver a droid to the command center of Seramie’s forces. Hexx agreed to the individuals terms, and left the area in a makeshift droid hauler repulsor lift and a particularily uncooperative astromech droid.
Meanwhile, as Hexx was making his way back into town, Bando uncovered a plot to infiltrate Keren in his investigations of the missing droids as he overhead a telling conversation in a Gungan spa. Racing to his repulsorlift sled, he was blown back and lost control of his functions as the sled and the 2 protocol droids on it exploded most violently. Being strapped into a chair in the spa, he was interrogated by a rather massive Gungan soldier. As the Gungan left to get orders from his Boss, Bando overhead from the mysterious Boss that Panaka was on to them and he needed to cut and run. With Bando attempting to free himself from the bonds, he heard something unexpected: the Gungan soldier opened fire on the human collaborators in the spa, stunning them and giving chase to those that managed to leave.
Working at his bonds, Bando was halfway done when he heard the Gungan come back…and proceed to use a slugthrower to execute the unconscious humans. Freeing himself as the Gungan was down to 2 survivors, he engaged the Gungan in a fist fight. After neither side was able to gain control, the Gungan switched to shooting the remaining humans and was able to kill 1 of the 2 survivors before Bando was able to snap his neck. Taking the survivor with him, Bando roamed the neighborhood looking for transport. While doing so, he was caught up in a series of explosions, as he saw the protocol droids walking into buildings…and detonating. Remembering similar tactics used by the CIS, he intervened and saved some civilians nearby as the salon they were in exploded. With all the survivors he could find and fit on his commandeered repulsorlift, he headed back to Keren to brief Panaka.
As Bando was dealing with the explosions in Keren, Hexx and the droid arrived at the command center. As Hexx attempted to distance himself from whatever was going to transpire, he was approached by Jasmine Kole as she was walking with a group of soldiers to meet with Panaka, Tolwyn and Aban which he was pressed into attending the briefing. As he entered the tent, he overhead the droid identify himself as being owned by Hexx as he trundled into the command tent. With his eye on the droid, Hexx was able to spring into action as what he presumed was a CZ droid opened his dome and proceeded to launch out a series of Thermal detonators!
Hexx quickly ran past Panaka, dragging Jasmine along as he tackled Tolwyn and pushed them out of the command tent before the thermal detonators exploded! As he watched the explosions, he noticed a few odd things happen: Panaka survived 2 thermal detonator explosions thanks to a personal shield he deployed, and Aban looked to deflect a thermal in her direction high into the air. Looking around briefly, he saw that the droid made his escape….and saw that the other factions were making a move on Seramie’s base!
As Hexx dodged the attacking ships and Bando rushed back into the command center, chaos broke out all around. With a disintegrating command structure, Bando took command of the forces and ordered heavy guns to secure Keren and the lighter infantry to reinforce the command center with himself. Bando arrived to see the Arquiten cruiser launch and proceed to fire upon the attacking vessels as he ascertained that the command center was hit…and remembering how they found Seramie, quickly left for the medical facility. Blocking his soldier escort from additional harm, he managed to find Seramie and proceeded to try to comm everyone. As he did, a Naboo N-1 fighter intercepted a proton torpedo heading straight for the med tent.
Meanwhile, Hexx used the chaos and confusion to escape the command center unnoticed, sending a comm to Bando that he was going away and that he needed to look after Jinx. Escaping to the designated rendezvous, he met with a cloaked figure at a Launchpad. As the figure lowered his cloak, Hexx noticed that he was identical to Kantor. The figure presented Hexx with a new identity, his new B Wing ship, and an astromech droid. As Hexx boarded the ship, he overheard Kantor’s message on a holocall: “All is proceeding according to plan, Master”. He fired up the engines, and left Naboo.
As Hexx was leaving Naboo, Bando attempted to find Jinx and find out what he was doing. He eventually got on the comm with Jinx, Bando was apprised of Jinx’s situation. As he was going to sleep, he noticed a hooded figure in the encampment and investigated the individual. As he got closer, he almost got a clear view of the individual, but then all he remembered was waking up hours later in his command tent as the assault was transpiring. He also informed Bando that when he went to find Hexx, the med techs were examining the body: he was apparently killed with a knife strike sometime late in the evening. As he left to meet with Bando, he was thrown by the explosion of an errant Starfighter shot that struck Hexx’s tent and saw from the ground the N-1 starfighter destroyed by the proton torpedo. They both made comments at the arrival of reinforcements: a Venator cruiser appearing out of hyperspace almost in atmosphere intercepted 2 Carrack cruisers moving towards the command center, an Acclamator cruiser approaching from the mountain range near Deeja Peak and unloading AT-TE and artillery, and 1 Venator and 2 Victory Star Destroyers broading O.R.C. identification arrived and entered atmosphere above the command center
As Jinx was approaching Bando’s position, he saw Bando take off in pursuit of an individual. As he closed the gap, Bando informed him that he saw Kantor in a crowd of individuals. As they both pursued him throughout the base, dodging explosions and soldiers, they cornered the individual and proceeded to stun him after an extended fight, as the individual was proclaiming innocence and tried to stun Jinx with a pistol.
Dragging the new individual they believed to be Kantor to Tolwyn’s Acclamator for questioning, the battle slowly died down as the command center reestablished itself. Their investigations lead to a series of discoveries that further muddled the waters. The individual who looked identical to Kantor gave them his name as Fiar, a space transport astrogator, who was vouched for by Jyren Syrus as she dropped the illusion of Aban, revealing herself as masquerading as Aban on the ground as the real Admiral was leading her Venator back to Naboo from Brentaal. Fiar also had a connection to someone they met previously: he claimed to have been raised by an adoptive Wookie family on a transport vessel, and his description of his father matched the Wookie navigator that was on the Marauder Corvette. Also, they were informed that the factions were accelerating their courtship of the Queen, who needed to make a decision by the next morning as their position was being compromised on the planet. And Jinx was informed that Miriam was showing signs of a pregnancy that coincided with their last visit together.
Discussing amongst themselves – Fiar was released to their custody and Tolwyn ordered both Jinx and Bando to safeguard him from bounty hunters looking for Kantor – Bando and Jinx had a heated discussion on which side to back: Bando was a proponent of the Pentastar Alignment’s plan, while Jinx was supporting the Outer Rim Confederacy’s plan. The discussion was continued after they were summoned by the Queen to her personal quarters, where she took their counsel in stride before complicating the situation.
As Bando pitched the Pentastar’s plan and Jinx Alwyn’s plan, Seramie revealed that the real Queen did in fact die on Naboo during the bombing that started the civil war. She was the designated decoy Queen, and was pulled out of Naboo by Panaka by mistake. Panaka knew she was not the real Queen, and was threatening to reveal the information if she did not back his proposals to wage a guerilla war on Naboo, causing any agreements she would make null and void. She also informed them of the conditions from the Pentastar and the Outer Rim Confederacy: the Pentastar Alignment plan would dissolve the monarchy on Naboo, but she would be given a seat on the Moff Council and Naboo would have representation in the Senate, while the Outer Rim Confederacy plan would involve her marrying Alwyn and unifying the Naboo and Alderaanian people as they journeyed to a new planet.
Still resolute in supporting the Outer Rim Confederacy’s plan, Jinx left to speak to Miriam regarding the conditions set forth for the Seramie while Bando talked with Tamren. As Jinx was detained and given a run around by the deck officer on Miriam’s Venator, Bando had a long and detailed conversation with Tamren, who had an intricate and detailed board with projections and probabilities for courses of actions in her stateroom. As Bando asked his questions, Tamren responded in a very business-like nature: the resources the Queen would bring to the Pentastar would influence their end of the deal as the Undermoff would have a variable amount of political capital, they did not have the resources available to lead an evacuation of Naboo as they did not bring a military contingent like Alwyn’s faction did, and that if they needed additional resources from the Pentastar Alignment, the line of credit would have to be eventually repaid either politically or financially.
Jinx, meanwhile, undertook the initial steps to causing an intergalactic incident. After meeting with Aran Tharadon on the Venator, Jinx noticed that they were making plans for a military invasion of Naboo, including Keren, and became convinced that Miriam was being held against her will. As he made a rather inelegant rescue of Miriam, he was informed by Miriam that he was running later than she liked and was indeed here against her will. As they made their way to the hangar bay, they realized their predictament: the hangar bay doors were closed due to the lockdown.
Contacting an annoyed Bando, Jinx pleaded for assistance. With his droid body’s lack of slicing skills, he asked Tamren for assistance. Tamren informed him that Harden would be able to help, but they would owe her. With optiongs dwindling, Jinx took her assistance, and the lockdown was quickly lifted and they departed for Tolwyn’s ship.
As news spread that Miriam was “abducted” by Jinx, Aran Tharadon blamed Panaka’s forces for the kidnapping. The situation escalated into a factional war as loyalists to Panaka fired on Outer Rim Confederacy’s Star Destroyers. At this time, Fiar managed to finally gain Bando and Jinx’s attention, drawing their focus to the city of Keren. As Fiar explained that multiple drones had began flying into the city, the city erupted with cybernetically enhanced and enslaved citizens flooded the encampment.
As they made a tactical withdrawal from the battle, Bando brought Seramie and her entourage on board and pleaded with Tamren and Harden for any assistance in evacuating the people of Keren. As Tolwyn recalled his AT-TE and artillery support, Aban led her Venator to the city and began evacuating the citizens. As Bando was cutting a deal with Harden, additional forces arrived in system consisting of 3 Lucrehulk battleships. Explaining that Naboo had them since the Trade Federation war, she notified the captains that she was relieving Moff Panaka from command. With only one of the ships acknowledging her orders – as Arix was captaining the vessel – the other 2 engaged the Star Destroyers with Panaka’s loyalist fleet. As the Zsinj and Rebel factions brought their ships to bear as Tolwyn’s deterrents were evacuated, the situation quickly spiraled out of control. Evacuating the remaining citizens of Keren – approximately 250,000 – and thoroughly overstraining the life support systems on the ships, they made their way off Naboo. With time a factor – along with being pinned in by the other forces – they noticed Fiar was in a trance like state, feverishly plotting an astrogation path from Naboo to the closest system. As he finished, ships were slave rigged to the Arquiten’s astrogation system and the ships leapt to hyperspace as they broke atmosphere.