The protagonists began to conclude their negotiations with Captains Syrus and Sundar, when Jinx and Bando noticed a commotion outside the doors to get into the conference room…followed by louder commotions in the side rooms.
Preparing for assailants, they were caught off guard by a host of unarmed yet savage assailants – Human, Zabrak, and Wookie – equipped with cybernetic enhancements similar to those on Yag’Dhul station. The cyborgs tore into the delegations, slaughtering the New Republic delegates and one of the guards in a frenzied first assault. The Imperial delegation was also hit, with both delegates dying quickly to a frenzied Wookie assault, but the stormtroopers were able to fend off the assailants.
The protagonists, unarmored and relatively lightly armed, fell back in a fighting withdrawal but were cornered. Captain Syrus threw a shaped charge at the back wall, opening an exit as he instructed the droids to obstruct the cyborgs and buy them some time. The protagonists and remaining Rebel and Imperial soldiers escaped the room, with Syrus detonating a mini-thermal bomb, taking out the immediate threats.
After a brief altercation between Jinx and Syrus and with their comms shorted out, the group made their way through the Casino district of Worlport. They observed a rampage of cyborgs tearing through the streets, targeting power grids, communication grids, and areas of high civilian casualties. With most speeders gone, disabled, or destroyed, the party separated into 2 groups: Trebor, Jinx, and Hexx left to go to a residential garage to try and locate a speeder, while Bando, Sundar, Syrus, and the Stormtroopers went to a smashed up holocomm terminal station to try and cobble together a means of contacting the fleet.
Bando and company, after some minor information trading and some repair work, managed to repair a holocomm terminal. Captain Sundar contacted his fleet, and gained a Republic Status update: with the explosion detected and comms down, the fleet followed protocols from their admirality and engaged the Imperial fleet; however, a 3rd fleet dropped from hyperspace and engaged both Imperial and Republic fleets with extreme prejudice, causing the Republic fleet to scatter into hyperspace and regroup at a classified location. Captain Syrus then contacted his fleet, and received dire news: the Imperial fleet was ambushed by the Republic fleet and later the pirate fleet and lost one of the Imperial Star Destroyers – the Captain’s flag ship “Bastion” – and were retreating to the Pentastar Alignment world of Muunilist. Bando was then contacted by Morag, who informed him that they were on their way to evac them after making a stopover. Bando gave them the location of the residential building, and they proceeded to go to where they thought the rest of the group would be located to await pickup. He was also told that Athen detached the Skipray and flew off to rescue pilots stranded during the battle and was unable to be contacted.
Jinx, Hexx, and Trebor were investigating the residential building, finding the garage on the 30th of 35 floors. Entering the darkened garage, they noticed movement in the distance. Taking defensive positions, they braced for a cyborg rush. After a moment, multitudes of hands started grabbing them. Jinx fired a shot in the air to get a glimpse of the assailants, while Hexx fired 2 shots, one towards the ceiling and one the floor. In the brief light, they got a glimpse of their assailants: a Twi’lek male and female and 5 small children, one of which was struck by Hexx’s errant bolt. Jinx immediately attempted to field treat the child’s wounds, while Trebor opened the door for more light and Hexx tried to explain the situation to the frantic family.
Bando and his cohort arrived at the residential building, and saw that power was out and it was a 35 story climb. Despairing at how long that would take, Bando was surprised when the stormtroopers grabbed everyone and proceeded to rocketpack up the stairwell, taking them to the top in a manner of mere moments. They proceeded to take positions on the roof and await evac. Meanwhile, being shocked at the sudden burst of projectiles going up the corridor, Hexx and his cohort barricaded the door and proceeded to hot wire blaster packs to a speeder, sending it through the covering door and down to the ground below.
Bando and his group, noticing the sound, investigated the situation, and discovered the other group was a few stories below them. Hexx noticed the others on the roof, but was interrupted by Trebor and Jinx noticing a swarm of cyborgs rushing the building.
Shepherding the Twi’leks to the roof, the combined groups barricaded the stairwell and booby-trapped it, preparing for the cyborg assault while awaiting their ship. After a few tense moments, the cyborgs arrived. They tore through the durasteel door, but were kept pinned down by blaster fire initially. A Wookie cyborg eventually pushed the door open, tripped Syrus’s last remaining bomb, blowing open the stairwell. Hexx then sent a rocketpack as a makeshift bomb into the corridor, taking out more of the cyborgs.
The party eventually made a tactical withdrawal to the other side of the roof. Bando mentioned the Twi’leks being cannon fodder for the cyborgs, drawing glares from Jinx and Syrus and a surprising acceptance from Sundar. The cyborgs charged the group, bounding across the rooftop, when the protagonists spotted their ship coming in. They redoubled their efforts, taking out 2 of the 5 advancing cyborgs, but it looked like the cyborgs would close the gap before the ship could arrive. Hexx also noticed the missing blastboat, and in it’s place a battered red salon pod.
The male Twi’lek surprised everyone by charging the cyborgs, wildly shooting and flailing about. The stormtroopers managed to drop another cyborg and damage a 4th before the cyborgs converged on the Twi’lek, dragging him down and attempting to rend him. The Twi’lek managed to land a lucky blow, disabling the 4th cyborg. The ship then arrived, using it’s turbolaser to blast away at the cyborgs and provide covering fire.
The protagonists quickly noticed an unfortunate event: the turbolasers blasted a hole in the roof, causing the male Twi’lek and the cyborg to begin sliding down into the smoking lower levels. Hexx reluctantly boarded the ship and made his way to the pilot station. Bando, after hesistating and looking at the cyborg sliding down, boarded the ship. Trebor leapt in and grabbed the unconscious Twi’Lek but was unable to completely slow the slide. Jinx then grabbed onto Trebor, but was unable to completely halt their slide.
Jinx then heard Syrus’s yelling voice, both apologizing and encouraging him to stay strong…and then felt the searing pain as a grapple line tore into his leg, spraying blood everyone, and cinched into his leg. Fighting to stay conscious, he gritted through the pain as Syrus and his stormtroopers pulled the 3 of them out of the descending duracrete and to the ship.
Boarding the ship, Jinx was immediately taken to the first aid droid, while Trebor and Hexx moved to the bridge. Hexx mentioned the missing skipray to Jasmine, who informed him of Athen’s actions. Trebor noticed the old merchant they purchased fuel from on the bridge, who shrugged off his initial inquiries. Hexx piloted the ship out of atmosphere and away from the pirate fleet while Jasmine entered hyperspace coordinates and the ship jumped to lightspeed.
Taking stock of the situation, the protagonists conferred and realized their somewhat uncertain situation: a Rebel captain and a crew of Imperials were on the ship, along with a Twi’lek family and now an aged surly merchant, their fuel reserves were not topped off before they left, and the cyborg threat appeared to be resurfacing in an unknown way for unknown reasons from an unknown fleet. Hexx did discover a bit of good news, with the old man loading the salon pod with fuel cannisters to bring the ship up to about 75% capacity
The ship continued on in hyperspace towards the planet Vortex, with the crew battered and bloodied but still intact.