A few days have passed since our adventurers uncovered details involving a major deal between the Black Suns and the Empire that will surely make it difficult for those in favor of neither. The success of that undertaking has caught the watchful eye of a FALLEEN noble, Prince Jato of House Zuud. Through working with Sia Dellian in one way or another, the characters have been summoned to the royal palace of House Zuud for a meeting.
The group enters the magnificent royal residence of House Zuud. An established major family on Falleen, House Zuud has been instrumental in providing an unbiased view of any political actions that may affect the planet. In what feels like a maze of hallways and rooms, the group makes their way to a large, semi-circular, conference room where they find Jato accompanied by a familiar face…
In the conference room, Takeshi and Vidarr are once again reunited with Alyx. The older Cerean present in the room introduces himself as Tafta Linnik, followed by the rough-looking Iktochi who introduces himself as Jatis. The brewing conversation is interrupted by the entrance of the Bothan Infochant Sia Dellian walking in. At her side stands a royal looking Falleen.
The Falleen introduces himself as Jato Zuud, the prince of House Zuud. The characters are aware that House Zuud is a major controlling house in the planet’s political affairs. Its house leader, Shaka Zuud is currently in control as head of the political pantheon that is the Council of Houses.
Jato shared his suspicions that a certain house may be involved in the deal that the group uncovered a few days ago. Rumors had been milling and before he could look into any further, he explained that he needed confirmation to those rumors, not just the word of a gang official, to provide solid evidence. He tasked the group with infiltrating a supposedly abandoned warehouse in the Yellow District where he believed them to be using as a possible distribution center.
Sia Dellian then formally introduced Tafta to the group, giving him the floor. He provided further detail on how he had been working as a healer in the area, treating disease and addiction that had suddenly engulfed it. In his time there, he noticed the activity at the warehouse and that the smog in the area would make it difficult. A noise on Jato’s datapad interrupted any further conversation and he promptly informed everyone that the meeting was over.
As the group was leaving the royal grounds of House Zuud, they turned a corner and saw three imposing figures. Two Falleen, one dressed in the resplendent robes of House Zuud and recognized as Shaka Zuud himself; the other Falleen seemed disgusted of their presence and he was recognized as Prince Xizor of House Sizhran. He was followed closely by a beautiful and elegant blonde human woman who appeared to be some sort of silent advisor to the prince.
After some attempted preparation work at Ja’han’s apartment that led to Vidarr’s newly acquired datapad getting temporarily fried, the group set out to find some equipment and make their way to the yellow district. Stopping at the messy pawn shop Vidarr had purchased his datapad at earlier, Tafta was able to purchase a single pair of macrobinoculars with infrared vision by spending all of his credits and borrowing some of Vidarr’s.
While en route to their destination, the group noticed a small group of Stormtroopers harassing an Ithorian street vendor. As they got closer they noticed the Imperials simply making it difficult for the creature. Vidarr, who had been practicing his force powers in secret, decided to use the force to take the Sergeant’s comlink out of his utility belt. Being too busy, the Sergeant didn’t notice as he was enjoying the sight of his Stormtroopers start to beat the snot out of the Ithorian. With the Sergeant now noticing the group and telling them to move, the group avoided confrontation and ducked into an alleyway nearby. Actions and ideas were deliberated while the Ithorian was beaten and his table and wares trashed about the sidewalk.
Eventually, the Stormtroopers moved on and the group rushed to the creature’s aid. Tafta provided the poor Ithorian with a stimpak and the group picked up his wares and helped him home. As the group was leaving, Alyx quickly exchanged information and gave him a contact within the Falleen rebel cell, who would surely be interested in purchasing his wares and possibly more. Despite what had just happened, the Ithorian enthusiastically accepted the information knowing he could get back at the Empire.
As you the group made their way into the Yellow district, the smog and soot in the air became palpable. A visible hue from FALLEEN’s star colored the air and made it difficult to see clearly. Alyx began having a coughing fit. As they arrived, Tafta and his new macrobinoculars were able to see through the thick smog from a good distance. Finding two imposing droids stand at the front entrance and what looking to be closed loading bay doors, the group decidedly to further scout the area and eventually finding an adjacent warehouse building that had a fire escape access.
Getting on the same sidewalk as the building, Takeshi sensed many living beings inside. As the group got closer to the front door area, the Droids were threatened by their presence and informed them to step away or be fired upon. The group gladly obliged and continued on their way, ducking into the adjacent alleyway. It is here that Vidarr channeled the dark side to unlatch the ladder but this would be only one of many times he would access this energy.
Once the group made it up to the roof, they needed to now make a short range jump across the alleyway. Vidarr attempted to assist everyone one by one with moving across using the force but could only safely get Ja’han across. With a running start, all but one made it safely across. As Tafta went to jump, he did not get enough of a solid footing and ended up dangling from a window ledge, nearly alerting those inside.
After some time and with Alyx almost plummeting to her death, the group was able to hoist him up without being detected. Looking down through the smog lights, they were able to see many workers and Black Sun thugs loading up one of the speeder trucks with secured crates. Noticing a locked roof trap door, Alyx firmly bent the locking mechanism into the unlocked position and propped it open. Looking down into an empty supervisory office that overlooked the warehouse, they dropped down in.
Takeshi immediately noticed a necklace he had seen in his dreams and force visions sitting upon a stack of papers. As he examined it further, the necklace was his sister’s. As he scrambled through the papers to look for more information, he found a file containing a possible lead on her location.
During this time, the group attempted to access the terminal but instead activated the failsafe alarm, triggered the warehouse into action. The group attempted to deceive the thugs into thinking the alarm was set off outside but were countered by the droids coming inside to respond. As a tough looking thug opened the door, to his surprise the group stood before him ready to fight. As combat began, the workers scattered and ran; some for the door and some in the crate-filled truck.
Grievous wounds were dished back and forth. Jatis lead the charge out of the office, barreling through the thugs and knocking some of them off the catwalk to their deaths. The group finally triumphed as the last of the thugs were mowed down. As Ja’han picked up a comlink, he recognized the voice of Zonn saying, “I’m almost there, make sure they don’t get away!” As he turned off that comlink, his personal one blipped on with a message from Versui, the Devaronian he had met earlier in the week. “I delayed them for as long as I could. Good luck.” His message whispered.
With one of the crates damaged spilling its contents out onto the floor, they noticed opaque black bags. This confirmed it was indeed glitterstim. The group disconnected the terminal and began loading some of the crates onto the truck.
Pulling the truck up to House Zuud caused a bit of a stir. Jato was indeed impressed that they had not only confirmed the rumors but also provided some further information for his research slicers to investigate. On the other hand, he was upset he had to now deal with making the truck, speeder bikes, and glitterstim disappear. He informed the group to report to Sia who would have the cred sticks in her office…