Beyond the Rim - Act III
Obligation. Rolled 73: Dane - Family. Lorisa will make another appearance, most likely she has the family's skills in Astrogation, She will not have been fooled by Dane's navigation deceptions. She will be following hard. Dane's goal of freeing his family is becoming ever more distant while the danger to them is ever growing. Something must change...
Scene 1 - A Fitful Night's Sleep. The party waits for Reom's arrival to Scrapheap Point. A busy day comes to a close and everyone heads to bed. Cho slips into a force trance, thinking about how best to help Reeva. She sees a vision of Gak’Fedaw being tortured in her old Jedi school on Dantooine. It is not clear how old he is or when this happened, is happening or will happen. Dane has nightmares about Reeva's and the grey cowled man's invasion of his brain. The feeling of helplessness. The feeling of being violated. Hong is kept up all night by the growing and increasingly demanding Nexu. In a fit of desperation he goo guns them to the wall. Although this works, the animals become even more ill-tempered. Lisana is withdrawn, a her sleep is wracked by nightmares of her father's abuse and fears that he will return to plague her life once again. Reeva barely sleeps at all, her mind buzzing with the guilt she feels and her desperate attempts to suppress her powers. Every time she falls asleep, she powers start to reach out. Zak has a strange dream where he is encased in carboniate and standing on display in Vemmla the Hutt's palace. She speaks to him while he is frozen. Adoringly. It is disturbing. He was never there. Is this a dream/nightmare, is this a force sensitive vision or some weird memory from when he was frozen? Why was everyone disturbed at the same time? Was this a coincidence or some deeper disturbance in the force?
Scene 2 - Yi Yar Clan Attacks. In the morning Norta lets the group know that Reom arrived in the middle of the night, some 4 hours ago. After some sleep he has invited everyone to breakfast. Technician's wander around tidying up the base for the CEO's arrival. Hong has his dum dum droid check over the netting hiding the ship. The droid reports back that the netting is not designed to prevent the ship escaping, but that it is stuck in said netting and really could do with rescuing at Hong's earliest convenience. Everyone departs to meet Reom. Cho changes shape into a technician, worried that Reom might try something. Reeva volunteers to stay behind, maybe to provide a quick escape if needs be and maybe because she still feels uncomfortable around some of the party.
Scene 3 - Yi Yar Clan's Last Charge. As the group approaches the entrance to the base, three seemingly innocent Jawa skiffs, suddenly appear to be filled with Rhodians and Sullustans. They throw off their disguises and start shooting at the group. In the distance twelve Trandoshan mercenaries crest a ridge of debris and start heading towards the base from the flank. Worse, as the party begins to take cover and action, the middle skiff reveals a heavy repeating blaster being set up.
Scene 4 - They Brought a Machine Gun to a Pistol Fight. Zak immediately moves back to the ship, firing at the skiifs while he takes cover behind the feet of the ship. Hong dives into the debris, and seeing an opportunity takes a shot with his goo gun. A mountain of debris calves from the main pile and buries a skiff in junk. Reeva jumps into the bottom turret and fires at the skiff with the heavy repeating blaster. She misses. The gunners take a shot at Zak and the heavy blaster bolts rip through the cover and wound Zak. Lisana rushes over to apply a stimpak. Dane breaks the other way, taking a moment to aim he shoots one of the Yi Yar clan. He takes a shot in return. Cho, in the base, raises the alarm when she hears the calls of alarm and gunfire over the groups comms.
Scene 5 - Reeva Strikes Back!. A group of Rhodians charge towards the ship, under cover fire from their compatriots. Lisana stands in front of the badly wounded Zak from the charge. Reeva shifts her aim from the Yi Yar clan to the skiff and blows away the one holding the Heavy Repeating Blaster. Rhodians, Sullustans and the gun are sent flying. Zak, Hong, Dane and Lisana all fire on the Yi Yar clan, who are take casualties. Cho finds Reom, who has two guards as the Trondashians find them and open fire.
Scene 6 - Satchel Charge!. The remaining Rhodian in the group attaches a satchel charge to the turret where Reeva is stationed. The clan thrown out of the blown up skiff dust themselves off and try to set up the heavy repeating blaster again. Dane moves up to the ship, but is badly wounded and Lisana rushes over to help. Hong turns around and starts to run back towards the base. Maybe worried about Cho? That doesn't sound right, but who knows with Hong! Zak and Dane continue to return fire. Reeva again shoots the gun but misses the skiff.
Scene 7 - Chaos Ensues. Zak, seeing Reeva in danger, rushes over to the satchel charge, rips it off the turrent and throws it back towards the skiff. Dane, seeing Zak in the open and the Rhodian taking aim, takes a shot. But Zak is hit instead and again badly wounded. Dane himself is badly hit again by blaster fire. Things are lookng grim. Lisana tends to Zak. Reeva takes another shot at the heavy repeating blaster and knocks it out for good. Cho frantically tries to get the doors to close while the guards exchange fire with the Trandoshans. One of the guards goes down.
Scene 8 - Dane Falls. Zak takes cover in the ship. Too wounded to take any further part. Dane finishes Rhodian. The satchel charge does not go off. The dum dum droid watches everything from a bird's eye view from the netting. Cho escorts Reom outside. Reom accesses a terminal and he initiates an emergency counter measure. Knock out gas floods the base knocking everyone inside out. Lisana tends to Zak. Hong attempts to access the bases systems to help. The last skiff fires on Dane and he goes down, hit several times and succumbing to his many wounds. Reeva opens fire on the skiff and blows it up. Zak dives into the last turret ready to open fire.
Scene 9 - Medic!. Both Zak and Dane are badly wounded. Lisana takes them to Cratala who immediately starts to help mend their wounds with immediately medical attention. Cho says to Zak, "You've been hit by worse!". Everyone takes a moment to gather themselves. The Trandoshan's are rounded up by the base guards.
Scene 10 - Pay Day. After the dust settles, Reom negotiates payment with the group. Lisana manages to negotiate a 10% bonus on top of a full payment. For the first time in a long time the party money, and a lot of money ~30kCr. The party takes stock of the spoils of war and their money. Additional dum dum droids are bought (and the first rescued from the netting). Hong makes good progress on repairing the Brazen Fox. Lisana immeditely sends her share of the money to her orphanage [Obligation Reduced by 2pts].
Scene 10 - Reeva Needs Guidance. Cho and Zak discuss what to do for Reeva. She cannot control her powers without the proper training. They need to find a teacher. They need to convince Reeva. Although Cho does not realise it yet, maybe the force has chosen her.
Scene 11 - Where is my Hydro Spanner?. Hong stops by Reeva's quarters as he searches for his hydro-spanner. The nexu have made off with it in revenge for their gooing. Reeva and Hong talk. His irreverent attitude belies a deeper philosophical view on the world. Against all expectation his words help Reeva regain her balance.
Scene 12 - Cho and Zak Confront Reeva. Mostly Zak. They try to convince her a teacher is required. She denies this and believes that her way, ignoring her force powers is the only risk free solution. She hates herself. What she did is entirely unforgivable. She knows what it is like. To inflict that on someone else and cannot live with. The conversation turns to Reina, how good she was and she must have had a good reason to leave. She trusted Reeva to survive on her own. Don't throw it all away.
Scene 13 - Two Bounty Hunters Circle Each Other. Cho and Lisana. In the galley. A tense stilted conversation. Cho, "have you spoken to Reeva?" Lisana, "not for a couple of days.". Lisana, "Did Cho know of Reeva's powers?". Cho, "A bit.". Lisana, "Does Reeva’s actions not worry Cho?". Cho, "No.". Lisana, "No? Wow, why?". Cho, "People can read other people. Thoughts are not private. Not entirely private.". Tension between Cho and Lisana. Don’t see eye to eye. Cho not scared. Lisana, “Fine! You keep her safe”.
Scene 14 - Lisana Sounds Out Dane. Lisana wants to speak to Hong and Dane. She is not happy. She is thinking of leaving and wonders if Hong and Dane want to leave as well. Hong says he is coming then doesn’t. Instead, he chases after a Nexu running off with his hydro-spanner. Lisana, "How are you doing?". Dane, "Ok.". Lisana, "Are you?". Dane, "Hong thinks so but he has a completely different view on life.". Dane, "It was a horrible thing.". Something he will never forget (unless his mind is wiped).". He doesn’t think it was deliberate. Maybe if she was not so inexperienced she would never know. This mistake should not define her life, even if it will. Lisana, "So you are happy to stay?". Dane, "Yes.". Lisana, "Ok.". A lot of drinks follow.
Scene 15 - Better Late than Never. The Empire arrives. Lorisa sends Dane a "Hellion Priority 1" encrypted message. Dane is pissed as a fart.
He is in the cockpit, about to take a leak into what he thinks is the refresher toilet. He thinks, "A message receiver in the toilet? That's odd. Oh it's the cockpit.". Lorisa's message says, "Run! I will cover your tracks. But I will have to follow eventually. I can give you a head start. Open the attached after you have got away.". Dane sobers up fast, wakes up the crew with a broadcast and starts the Brazen Fox's newly repaired engines. Everyone runs to their posts. Dane gets clearance from the base and then takes the ship through some ravens to mask their point of origin before firing up into the atmosphere. As soon as he clears, he engages the hyperdrive. For some reason the destination has been pre-set for Dantooine. Reseting the navicomputer would take too long, so Dane rolls with it. It is as good a destination as any.
Morality. Reeva: 55 + 1d6(4) - 4 = 56. Cho: 55 + 1d6(4) - 0 = 59.