As Hexx prepared to launch in his starfighter into space to hail the Republic cruiser, the rest of the base prepared to launch an expedition to the Jedi Temple.
With the starfighter prepared, Hexx launched into orbit, dodging high altitude winds and debris, he managed to break atmosphere and attempted to send his message. Unfortunately for him, the upper atmosphere was heavily ionized with a multitude of lightning strikes throughout its upper reaches. He was hit with a heavy amount of ionization, causing his starfighter to shut down and fall into the atmosphere unpowered. He managed to steer the ship towards the eye of the storm, and got halfway to the planet before passing out from the inertial dampeners being offline.
He awoke in his ship, parked in a cave system on an unstable ice shelf…which quickly gave way. As he jumped to safety, the starfighter plummeted 100 feet down into a underground hot spring reservoir. Climbing down to safety, he investigated the spring and rested from his exertions – he was a pilot, not a stormtrooper.
Meanwhile, Bando piloted the LAAT with the rest of the party to the Jedi Temple. Upon arriving, they made their way to the hot spring, electing to take a more scenic route down the corridors. Eventually, they met up with Hexx, who took a longer route through the underground river and climbed up a break in the wall.
They stormed the temple, with Bando leading the way as he was familiar with the layout of the Jedi temples. They breached the second floor where the Jedi kept their council chambers and archives, and were greeted by a very unpleasant sign.
A veritable horde of unnatural creatures turned their attention from 3 Magnaguard droids blocking a door into a temple room and assaulted the party. The creatures exuded a palatable dark side presence, with their attacked leeching the Force from the characters. Ridu left to investigate a side room, and held off a few of the creatures while the rest of the party blasted away.
With a howl, the beasts converged on Hexx and Jinx, biting and clawing at them through their armor. In desperation, Jinx called on the Force to assist him, with the added affect of stunning all the creatures nearby as their senses were overwhelmed. Taking advantage of the situation, the party made a tactical withdrawal to the sealed door, which soon opened.
Kantor approached the party from the sealed door, ordering everyone to the side. Once everyone left the blast radius, he called upon the Force to collapse the already weakened floor, dropped the creatures to their death. They quickly realized that was a mixed blessing, as a very large creatures – big as a rancor with the armor of a krayt dragon – arose from the rubble.
Kantor again ushered everyone into the door behind him as he kept the creature stunned. Once everyone was in the room, he shut the doors behind them to engage the creature. Once in the room, they took stock of the room. Bando was preoccupied by the sound of the lightsaber battle outside – it sounded like far more than 1 Jedi was involved – and did not notice Jinx and Hexx approaching a small group of children huddling in the corner.
One child, larger than the rest, confronted them about their presence, with the added threat of a lightsaber in his right hand. Persuading the child they meant them no harm, the children explained that they spent most of their lives on Ilum in the temple – it was all they knew. They also let Hexx know that “Mother” was below in the area beyond the temple. Jinx and Bando began exploring the room, picking up various cube shaped devices.
Hexx left the room to go speak with Mother, and quickly realized that the back area was an underground reservoir. A human female was meditating near a raised platform, and as he approached he sensed a serene calm, a center in the storm. The human female explained that he was in a Jedi Temple – one of the few left, and not long for this world – and item he was approaching was a lightsaber forge.
As Hexx approached Mother, Ridu and Kantor opened the temple doors looking the worse for wear. Upon giving orders to pack up the holocrons, Ridu and Kantor both left to explore the 2 sides rooms, returning with a few items from each room and heading down to the sub-levels. Bando explored the rooms, noticing Ridu’s room had 3 dead and decomposing humans in it dressed in robes, and Kantor’s room has an unmarked tomb containing the body of a deceased clone.
Once the group met back up, they made their way back to the LAAT to head back to the Imperial Garrison. Once there, they bided their time until the storms cleared enough for a communication to go through. In that time, Hexx observed Mother move the boulders of the collapsed hall, exposing the area as a former mess hall converted into a mausoleum for the deceased clones. Adding the deceased clone Captain’s name to the wall of honor, they both left the room, with Mother sealing it up behind her. Jinx observed Ridu and Mother, who he knew as Ridu’s sister Jyren – argue about how to proceed with the younglings: Ridu wanting them to go deeper into the Unknown Regions, while Jyren wanted to come out of hiding and head coreworld to heal the galaxy and rescue the other “children”.
After a lengthy debate, it was settled that the Jedi would travel with the party, using the salon pod as a converted Jedi training area, with Kantor agreeing to travel with the party until they reached Alwyn. Hexx told Ridu that he was not going to take orders from an Imperial captain but would listen to the Jedi, causing Ridu to activate his lightsaber and let the crew in on his secret. He undid the mind tricks employed on Bando and Jinx, recovering their memories of his Force use and lightsaber skills and revealing himself as a Jedi. He then informed the crew of a rendevous where they could resupply before heading towards Alwyn’s location.
Upon arriving at Ridu’s coordinates, they were met by an Imperial Star Destroyer, the Courageous, who tractored them into the hold. Ridu and his 2 stormtroopers left for a debriefing, with the crew finally seeing them sans helmet as a blue skinned, black haired alien species. As the crew explored their ship, they realized that while Imperial, there was a large non-human presence on the ship, with most of the command crew being members of the blue skinned alien species.
Upon arriving in the officers’ mess for a meal, the crew discovered that Ridu’s rank in the new structure was apparently subordinate to the female alien stormtrooper. The final surprise of the evening arrived shortly after: the captain of the Courageous was Nolan Kincaid, their original commander of their Victory Star Destroyer. Explaining that he took the opportunity of Endor to go to ground, he escaped the ship and fled to the Unknown Regions, meeting up with a mysterious “Admiral” and joining his coalition. They made idle chatter about Nolan’s brother Alwyn and his son Tolwyn, but dinner was cut short by other events unfolding elsewhere.
As they were departing the following morning, they found their ship refueled, repaired, and upgraded with Ridu’s promised proton torpedo launcher. The Jedi retreated to the salon pod, and the crew took up their positions.