After the relatively successful mission to retrieve 2 mysterious prisoner’s from an Imperial prison on Obrik III and the successful rescue of a 3rd, unknown but possibly wealthy prisoner, the protagonists leapt into hyperspace as the Golan III platforms bombarded the prison, battered and bruised.
Upon arriving back into the Core, they attempted to contact Alwyn to arrange a payment and location. They soon realized that Alwyn was present at a major altercation between forces loyal to the Rebellion/New Republic, Imperials, and Eriadu Authority/Imperial Warlord Sander Delvardus at the planet Vondarc along the Rimma Trade Spine. They were also notified by Seebo that the space station base supplies were running low – they had approximately 3 weeks left of supplies and credits, as they were using the Y-Wing to make supply runs.
After a brief stop at the heavily garrisoned bacta planet of Thyferra, the protagonists traveled to the space station at Yag’Dhul to refuel/rearm. While there, they indulged in some shore leave and resupplying, and Hexx contacted Boss Zast to research the mysterious 3rd prisoner . The party was then split at Yag’Dhul, diverging into 2 different tasks.
While Jinx and the crew were indulging in some shopping, Hexx and CZ went exploring the docking ring, looking for cargo to ‘acquire’ and discovered 4 docks that while the ships were registered as yachts, the docking bays were very large and highly guarded. In one of the 4 bays, they spied a Dreadnaught-class cruiser. After attempting to hack into one of the bays, CZ was hacked and had his memory banks copied. As Hexx attempted to rescue CZ, they were accosted by a variant of Stormtroopers and led into the hanger bay, where they glimpsed an old Venator-class starship being retrofitted.
In the bay, CZ was powered down and Hexx was subject to an Imperial Probe Droid to determine why they were there, they were led to Captain Aban of the Eriadu Authority Venator-class ship Light of Hope. She informed them at the ships at Yag’Dhul were there under orders of General Sirana. They were then drafted for a covert op mission: using a stolen Rebel Y-Wing, they were to infiltrate the battle lines at Vondarc and rescue or neutralize any captured individuals with knowledge of General Sirana’s operations. Before leaving for the mission, Hexx and CZ instead repaired and brought operational a X-Wing Starfighter and insisted upon using that for the mission profile. With a much less secure cover, they departed for Vondarc.
Meanwhile, Jinx was attempting to raise Hexx on the comms with no luck, they were notified by Alwyn’s attache Hana Valet that Hexx and CZ were tasked with a different mission, and they were to return to Elrood with all possible haste. As they departed Yag’Dhul, they traveled via Hyperspace to Vondarc, were they were greated with the site of a 3 way battle standoff, with vast amounts of wreckage.
The 3 fleets were locked into a stalemate over Vondarc. The Rebel fleet consisted of 10 Corellian Corvettes, 2 Carriers, 4 Nebulon Frigates and 1 Mon Calamari Heavy cruiser along with over 60 Xwing and Ywing starfighters were on the NE. The Imperial Fleet consisted of 1 Interdictor cruiser, 5 Carrack Cruisers, 5 Lancer Frigates, and 2 Imperial Star Destroyers with over 150 active TIE fighters were on the SW. The Eriadu Authority Fleet consisted of 2 Victory Star Destroyers, 2 Venator Class Cruisers, and 4 Dreadnaught cruisers were on the SE side, along with over 100 random Starfighters in patrol.
When Jinx arrived, he ordered the ship to tread a fine line between the Imperials and Rebellion ships, but ran into a dogfight between TIE fighters and Xwings. They opened fire on the TIE fighters after attempting to parley with the Xwings, but the Xwings were overmatched and destroyed, causing the Wandering Hunter to get flagged by the TIE fighters as Rebel sympathizers as they fled over the planet to escape the gravity wells.
As they were over the planet, the stalemate was broken as both the Imperial and Eriadu Authority forces converged on the Rebel fleet. Jinx’s sensor scans were scrambled a bit, but they did notice that both sides took some losses but the Imperials looked to be winning the day. They leapt into hyperspace and left the battlefield for Elrood.
As Jinx and the Wandering Hunter were passing over the planet, Hexx and CZ arrived in their Xwing. They took refuge in the debris – recently left by Jinx’s encounter – and scanned the situation. They noticed the fleets in position, and how the Xwing’s seemed to have been damaged by pinpoint blasts to the cockpits. They limped into the Rebel fleet, and infiltrated the Mon Calamari Cruiser. After noticing the state of the fighters – and the rapidity of repairs and refueling, they managed to locate the brig, and quietly infiltrated it. They found over 100 imperial prisoners and 32 Eriadu Authority prisoners. After concocting a plan where they would free the prisoners and have them run a suicide mission to the brig while they fled via Xwing, they freed the EA prisoners, and were convinced by a band of 20 Imperials to release them as well.
After leaving the brig, the Mon Calamari cruiser sounded the alarm as the fleets began to engage. The Imperial lieutenant convinced Hexx and the EA commander to head to a hanger bay to flee in their captured light corvette rather than assault the bridge. As the new plan was initiated, Hexx and CZ went to board their Xwing fighter and head back to Elrood. However, their Xwing was not in the hanger, as all available ships – regardless of repair – were in the battle. They then fled to join the other group, finding the EA force depleted by 10 members but the Imperials untouched as they mercilessly dealt with Rebel opposition.
They then boarded the Light Corvette, and fled to Elrood. Before they left, though, they noticed that the Rebel fleet last both Carriers, 7 of the Corellian Corvettes, and 3 of the Nebulon Frigates along with most of the fighters. Upon leaving, they scanned the other fleets as well. The fleeing EA force had lost their fighters, but all capital ships were fleeing back to Eriadu. The Imperials lost all Lancers, 3 of their Carracks, and half their fighters but both Star Destroyers remained, albeit highly damaged.
As they leapt from Vondarc – leaving it in the hands of the Imperials – tensions ran high amongst the 2 groups, defused temporily by Hexx as they awaited speaking to General Sirana at Elrood.
Meanwhile, on Elrood, the Wandering Hunter arrived. Riprack stayed on the ship, conducting repairs from the battle, while Jinx and Toolbox left to go to the Sirana Estate. Upon arriving, Toolbox was drafted by the Family to help arrange a very large, very important celebration event at the request of Alwyn. Jinx noticed a large amount of activity – droids, food, and building expansions were underway but he could not get many details from the family. Jinx did get paid for the excurision – 10,000 credits, plus 2,000 credits to recompense Hexx for Boss Zast’s fee. All prisoners were then shipped off to the General. He did, however, meet one of Toolbox’s “cousins”, Miriam Tharadon, that spent a lot of effort attempting to convince him to join her out in wilderness preserve area of the Estate, having grown bored and annoyed with the overcrowded nature of the party planning. Jinx agreed to join her, and left to meet her at the stables the next day.
Upon arriving at the stables, he noticed she was missing. After some investigation, he discovered camping supplies, and a message from Miriam giving him a breadcrumb trail to find her. Upon departing, he traveling through the refuge, noting the Alderaanian wildlife and picturesque topography. Shortly before dusk, he discovered Miriam swimming in a small waterfall-fed pond area. He and Miriam spent the rest of the evening together, retiring late into the evening after engaging in youthful hijinx. Before bed, while looking at the stars with Miriam, Jinx noticed that there were 4 cruisers in orbit on Elrood – 2 Victory and 2 Venator class Star Destroyers.
As Jinx was out of contact in the refuge, Hexx and CZ arrived on Elrood. They noticed a large amount of battle platforms on Elrood that looked both newly arrived and somewhat outdated. They escorted the Imperial delegation to the Sirana Estate after conversing with RipRack and inquiring as to where Jinx was located. When arriving in the Estate, Hexx was unable to locate Jinx, but was unsurprised when learning he was out “exploring the wilderness” with a young Alderaanian expatriate woman. They located Toolbox and attempted to get some information from him, but Toolbox did not have many big picture details to depart, as he was begrudgingly busy going family business of low tactical value.
Hexx and CZ did get an invite to the party that was happening the next day from Toolbox, but found that with the exception of a few individuals, there comms were not working. They explored the Estate a bit, before retiring and then heading into the party 2 days later.
Jinx returned with Miriam the day of the party, and was immediately struck by how busy the party planning seemed. Miriam was rushed off to prepare for the celebration, and Jinx was instructed to relax and attend the party later on. Jinx met Toolbox, and learned that his brother had arrived but was unable to be located, and that while Toolbox was distasteful of the duties he was assigned, he performed them admirable as was his role as a Noble. He then left to explore the preparations, coming across an odd model of protocol droid that he was able to convince to give him a bottle of Wyvern’s Reserve – 30 year aged – and spent the rest of the evening sipping whisky and people watching.
After passing out for a few hours, Jinx changed and attended the no-weapons-allowed party. He was immediately invited in, as he was on the VIP list courtesy of Miriam, and he mingled with the wealthy and influential individuals of Elrood, the Alderaanians, and other various members of influential nearby planets. He did notice the protocol droids seemed to be communicating optically, but the party was otherwise normal.
As Jinx was mingling, Hexx and CZ arrived. After waiting in line for a bit, they were invited into the party. They mingled for a bit, before getting suspicious and exploring the hall. They were stopped by one of the protocol droids, and Hexx pulled a hold out blaster and shot the droid. To his surprise, the droid was unphased by the blasts, and merely stated, in firm but polite tones: “Statement: organics should attend the party and avoid the off limit areas”. He eventually was forced back into the party, where he counted over 40 of the same protocol droids that he expected were a bit more than just protocol. As he was aiming for a shot at a high window, the lights dimmed and Alwyn arrived.
As Hexx and CZ watched from the crowd and Jinx the VIP area, Alwyn arrived on a balcony, flanked by his associates Hana Valet and 3 other individuals that were not known to the protagonists. Alwyn launched into a political speech, praising the Outer Rim and Elrood while harshly criticizing the Empire, Rebellion, and other Warlords. He referenced support by his longtime friend and president of Elrood, Kimbal Tade, and the triumphant return of an unjustly imprisoned son of Elrood, Patren Elrood himself, rescued by his nephew Tolwin and his associates. As 2 of the 3 unknown individuals waved to the crowd, Alwyn dropped a political bomb: Elrood was declaring independence from not only the Empire, but the Eriadu Authority and Rebellion as well and announcing the reformation of the Confederacy of Independent Systems!
As the crowd reacted – some cheering in support, some stoicly silent and others vocally disapproving, one individual from the VIP area stood up and pulled a pistol. Aiming at Alwyn and yelling “Traitor!”, a shot was fired at Alwyn. The crowd grew silent as they heard a distinctive “SNAP HISSS” sound, as the 3rd unknown individual drew a dark green lightsaber blade and easily deflected the shot from Alwyn. 3 droids converged and rather harshly dealt with the attacker and Alwyn, to a relatively quiet crowd and not appearing phased at all, bid the crowd to enjoy the hospitality and withdrew with his entourage.
In the quiet and tense air, Jinx made eye contact with Hexx and CZ and both parties started converging with each other as the calamitous and momentous events were still heavy in the air.