SCENE FOUR: BOUNTY HUNTERS!

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Sondar anmandalorianredd KI-11 had discovered a lot of information on the deck of the yt-1300 stock light freighter. They found out it was owned by their target, Quist, and that the ship was usually docked at the Kwenn Space Station. The astromech (Rs-D0) belongs to Quist too and usually acts as the freighter’s pilot. The ship makes a trip from Kwenn Space Station to Danuta about once a month and has been doing so for about the last six months.

This timeframe links up with a heist that was pulled on a Imperial Security Bureau (ISB) installation on Coruscant. This detail is only relevant because they also found the stolen ISB goods on the freighter. From what they managed to piece together, the rebels were planning on passing themselves off as ISB agents to get into an old mine on Danuta that they are calling “Mesa 291.”  This is where the rebels were heading before Task Force 77 put them down.

KI-11 also obtained the classified information that he was trying to hack from Vorn. This deathstarplansinformation was provided by Darth Vader to the two leaders of Task Force 77, Vorn and Rassilore. It has a briefing about both Mesa 291 and The Danuta Research Facility.  Vader’s notes within the intel claims that Quist may be trying to infiltrate the facility as a part of Operation: Skyhook.

Apparently Mesa 291 was the original location for the Danuta Research Facility. The plan did not go well, and Mesa 291 was a failure. Instead, the Imperials moved the facility into what is now Trid, the capital city of Danuta. The facility on Danuta is on the western side of the city.

quistcloseupQuist began his service in the Galactic Republic’s naval fleet during the Clone Wars but retired after a long career after the Battle of Polis Massa about two years ago. After his retirement he became a rather notorious pirate, running missions for the Hutts. His specialty seemed to be moving Stimspice and Heavy Weapons along the Kessel Run trade route. Although what he was doing was technically illegal, he never had any difficulty with Imperial forces. However, recently Imperial Intelligence Officers uncovered several documents and data-files indicating that Quist was now taking jobs from known terrorists working for the Alliance as a mercenary. His most recent job? Help steal the plans for the Imperial Ultimate Weapon, “The Death Star.”

As Sondar and KI-11 got ready to tell the rest of Task Force 77 about Mesa 291, they were surprised to see three individuals come charging up the ramp of the Stock Light Freighter. They turned and saw a man in Mandalorian armor, a Trandoshan carrying a blaster rifle, and a woman … who matched the description of the other target … the rebel agent Dana Crane! But that wasn’t what worried the two Imperial agents … it was the man who … looked like … Boba Fett.

Everyone moved at once. Both Boba Fett and Sondar lifted their blaster rifles, itchy fingers on triggers. The Trandoshan hissed and lifted his rifle, leveling it on KI-11. And Dana squatted down defensively, already inching back down the ramp, pointing her blaster at Sondar.

Fett’s comm-link flared to life with a crackle of static. “Drop your weapons,” he announced in a flat toned voice. “And you’ll be allowed to live.”

boskkbobbaSondar called out to Fett with caution. “We don’t have to do this, brother!” He eyed Fett, amazed to see the man here on Danuta. Something seemed off about him. Sondar wasn’t sure what it was. His armor was badly damaged, not just scarred.  WAS this really Fett? And if so, was he working with .. the Rebellion?

KI-11’s droid brain had been moving at light speed. It had accessed several hundred files, searching for recently information about the bounty hunter known as Boba Fett. Fett was indeed under contact by the Imperials right now, namely by Darth Vader himself. However, Fett was not supposed to be in this sector of the galaxy. KI-11 kept scrolling through the information, trying to decide if this person was really Fett.

Dana shouted as she made a dash down the ramp. “The ship is lost! Cover me!’

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KI-11 brought his blaster rifle up level with Fett’s face.  “Good afternoon. This unit charts Boba Fett’s last known site as being aboard the Imperial Star Destroyer Devastator within the Lothal System. This was recorded three hours ago.”

The man in the Mandalorian armor started to move, outpacing the Assassin Droid’s aim by mere seconds. KI-11 fired his blaster rifle six times, leaving smoking holes in the interior hull of the ship as he tracked his target.

“This unit cig88assassindroidki11annot deactivate until you have been properly terminated,” announced KI-11. “Please remain stationary so this unit may begin termination.” He stepped forward, lifting the grenade launcher in its other hand. “Kill! Kill! Kill!” howled KI-11 loudly.

Sondar blurted out the mans name without even realizing it: “Jodo Kast!”

Kast chuckled through his comm-link. “The one and only!” He fired twice at KI-11, hitting the droid but doing no real damage. The Assassin Droid’s plating shrugged off both blasts. Kast came to a stop near his reptilian partner, and pointed towards Sondar.

“Don’t try it,” Sondar said through gritted teeth. “I’ll only tell you once!”

“Jungen,” said Kast through the static of his comm-link. “Take down that red bastard.” The Kast turned, jumping forward and using his jump pack to follow Crane dmandalorianred2own the ship’s ramp and away from the battle.

The Trandoshan squinted his bright green eyes, and started firing at Sondar. The Mandalorian Bounty Hunter activated his jump pack and dodged away from the blasts, reaching down to retrieve the lightsaber he had taken from the Jedi only a hour before.

As Sondar propelled himself towards Kast, igniting the lasersword with a hissing hum of energy. He swiped the weapon horizontally, slashing through Kast’s jetpack and slicing into Jungen’s chest. The Trandoshan went down, howling in pain while Jodo Kast lost control of his jetpack, sending him crashing into the ceiling and rebounding backwards against the far wall in a heap.

KIG-assassin_negtdI-11 started shooting again, blasting away at Kast’s already damaged armor. Manadalore armor is well made, and if it is maintained will protect its wearer effectively in a battlefield situation like this one. However, Jodo Kast was terrible at maintenance. His armor had a bad habit of failing. Each shot pounded off of the armor, chipping away until finally it was too much. Before long, Kast fell to the ground, incapacitated.

Lethality_Trandoshan_Shadow_SyndicateThe Trandoshan was wounded, but not out of the fight. He tossed a grenade haphazardly towards KI-ll causing the device to sail too far into the interior of the freighter. There was a loud explosion, and the ship shook. Sparks flew from some of the controls and smoke filled the interior. There were a few alarms going off. But KI-11 was unharmed.

Sondar landed on the ramp, about half way down. He set his blaster pistol to stun and fired at the rebel agent as she continued to run away. The first shot knocked her down, and the second knocked her out. Then as he heard the explosion from inside the ship, Sondar turned and shot the Trandoshan twice, sending the lizardman senseless to the floor of the freighter.

KI-11 stepped to the doorway of the freighter. “Admiral Voor has been notified of this incident. He will be in contact shortly.  This unit is detailing a report for submission containing necessary and relevant information.”

Sondar Visla nodded, knowing that meant that the droid was getting his story straight before Voor got here and started demanding to know what happened. He smiled to himself, and looked down at Dana Crane. “10,000 credits,” he mused. “Easy money.”

…to be continued…

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SCENE THREE: THE FREIGHTER

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The entire galaxy is NOW under the rule of the tyrannical Galactic Empire. The only remaining resistance is a small Rebel Alliance that dares to challenge their military supremacy.

The impending creation of the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, threatens to crush the Rebellion. Once operational, the Empire will have the power to destroy an entire planet.

Threatening to turn the tide of this struggle is a known fugitive, who deals in military secrets. The Emperor has tasked his apprentice, DARTH VADER, with tracking down and eliminating this Rebel agent….

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The characters are members of an Imperial Black Operations force called TASK FORCE 77. They have been selected by Darth Vader to hunt down and capture the Pirate calling himself Quist. They have 26 standard hours to successful apprehend the fugitive and return him to agents of the Empire. Failure will be rewarded with death.

In this scene,  Sandor Visla and KI-11 search the YT-1300 freighter that the Rebels were planning to use as a “Get Away Ship.”

SETTING

Danuta was a dull, barren brown planet in Senatorial Sector Three, thinly populated mostly by miners and hardscrabble farmers. Trid was the planet’s de facto capital. The primary population was the Hutts during the last days of the Old Republic, but later the Galactic Empire converted it to a client of the Brodsport Mining Corporation. Danuta was not notable, aside from its function as a stopover on one of the many hyperspace routes leading to Kessel. However, the city of Trid did have a B’omarr Order Temple. Shortly before the Battle of Yavin, the Imperial garrison on the outskirts of Trid was expanded into a full military installment, home to a sprawling yet secret research facility visited by the Imperial Security Bureau.

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THE STORY

KI-11 scanned the freighter with its sensor array, confirming that there was one humanoid-sized life form on the ship.

The assassin droid entered through the top service hatch. Sandor picked up some scrap laying next to the ship and tossed it up the ramp into the interior. Right away, the Mandalorian Bounty Hunter heard a “WHOOP WHOOP” sound typical of service droids.

Stepping up the ramp, Sandor was faced with an astromech. The little droid made the “WHOOP WHOOP” sound again and started to roll away. A well placed blast knocked the droid on its side, and Sandor deactivated it with a few switch flips. He didn’t want the droid making a bunch of racket.

It wasn’t long until KI-11 walked into view, confirming that the ship was seemingly unoccupied. Apparently, their prey was clever and hiding somewhere within the ship’s stash spomandalorianred2ts.

It wasn’t long before they heard a clunking sound come from below them. Sandor ordered the person out of hiding with a raspy, “Come on out, rebel scum!”

KI-11 accessed a nearby computer terminal, convincing the ship’s droid brain that it was time for some maintenance protocols. Within moments, the ship was venting poisonous gas into its interior.

ig88assassindroidki11“Good afternoon,” said KI-11 in a cheerful voice. “I have started maintenance protocols on this ship. The interior will soon be filled with gas that are life threatening to organic lifeforms. Symptoms of mild acute poisoning include lightheadedness, confusion, headache, vertigo, and flu-like effects; larger exposures can lead to significant toxicity of the central nervous system and heart, and death. This unit suggests immediate compliance with demands to avoid further action from this unit “

Sandor glanced over at his partner, and then jabbed a switch that would filter out toxins within the air.

The two watched as their prey sprung out at them from his hiding place … well, not exactly. What the man intended to do was spring out of hiding and take the two villains by surprise. However, that is not at all what occurred.

The two watched as the smuggling hatch on the floor popped open and a man thrust his blaster out at them … and then the hatch fell back on top of him violently, smashing his fingers and causing him to drop his blaster … begin screaming in pain.

KI-11 stepped forward, grabbed the man’s wrist and pulled in out of the storage area. Dragging the man across the floor, they could both see that he was of medium build and wearing the uniform of Imperial Security Bureau (ISB.)

It didn’t take long for the two of them to interrogate the man and discover that he was an impostor named Tallon Heff. He claimed to be a mercenary pilot hired by the rebels to fly them to Kwenn Space Station. However, it slowly was revealed that Heff was actually a two-bit criminal in the employ of one of the local Hutt gangsters called Roark.

Six months ago, Heff was picked up by an Imperial Sweep. Heff traded his relationship with Roark for his life. He made a deal with Imperial Lieutenant Voors of the Star Destroyer Relentless. Now he was a spy for the Imperials.

KI-11 contacted Relentless using command codes provided by the spy. Although Voors did not reply, his superior did – Captain Parlan – who simple stated: “He has been compromised. Kill the scum!”

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KI-11 carried out the summary execution immediately.

Going through the crates, they found some interesting gear along with a  six foot long pod with a cryogenically frozen man inside. KI-11 was able to use Imperial files to identify the man as a missing ISB agent named  Barezz. All of the crates markings match those stolen from an ISB station six months ago.

Sandor found the assistance of the assassin droid to be very useful. Not only was the droid a walking murder machine but it also has the ability to hack computer systems, transmit messages, and retrieve data and intelligence.

KI-11 was able to reprogram the astromech. It was able to determine that the little droid’s name was R2-D0 and it’s purpose was to act as the primary pilot of the Yt-1300. Further digging within the astromech’s brain revealed that it both it and the ship was owned by their prey, Quist. The droid’s last programming of the ship was to go to a location on Danuta reffered to only as “Mesa 291.”

Sondar nodded at the Assassin Droid. “Looks like we’re going to Mesa 291.”

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INTERLUDE ONE: WASTELAND

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A white-yellow wasteland stretches from horizon to horizon. The tremendous heat of two huge twin suns settle on two figures, Biv Bodhrik and  Saska Teft, both agents working for the Rebellion. They stand near the remains of a crashed shuttle. Smoking still billows out of the wreckage.

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DARTH VADER’S OBESSION

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From the beginning, Operation Skyhook was a thorn in the side of Darth Vader. The Emperor had assigned Vader to personally oversee the elimination of all Rebel agents involved in Skyhook. Vader came close many times, however the Rebel agents kept slipping through his fingers. Vader’s failure in this task would ultimately lead to what some call his downfall, and others name his redemption.

The idea for the Death Star began when the Confederacy of Independent Systems designed the Ultimate Weapon, using plans and concepts provided by Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin. Poggle the Lesser possessed the original plans, which he handed to Dooku during the First Battle of Geonosis. Dooku delivered the plans directly to Palpatine.

deathstarplans Once the Clone Wars were over, Palpatine shaped this idea for his own purposes. The information in the plans were developed into blueprints which were used as a basis for construction of the station, and, after the Death Star’s completion, the plans became a prime target for the Rebellion, whose members hoped to find and exploit a weakness in the superweapon. In large part because of this, the Empire split up the plans and sent it to various places of the galaxy to prevent enemy hands from acquiring it.

This ended up being a mistake.

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The top-secret Imperial weapons project headed by Wilhuff Tarkin was hinted at by several high officials, including Tarkin himself, but its true nature remained unknown for some time. The first vital piece of information about the Death Star was obtained during the mission to Darkknell, which took place shortly before the signing of the Corellian Treaty in 2 BBY, during which Darth Vader captured the Rebel Leaders Bail Organa, Mon Mothma and Garm Bel Iblis and send them to the unfinished Death Star for execution.

There Emperor Palpatine revealed them the name and the purpose of the battle station before executing them, but the Rebel leaders were saved by Galen Marek, who sacrificed himself to allow them escape. As the construction of the Death Star drew closer to completion, Mon Mothma and Bail Organa knew that Rebels needed to obtain a complete technical readout of the Death Star. If their engineers could pinpoint a weakness in the battlestation, then the Rebels might be able to destroy it.

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The Alliance set into motion the biggest anti-Imperial offensive it had ever attempted: a complex, coordinated operation to compile a complete set of plans for the Death Star and transmit it to the Tantive IV.

Operation Skyhook had been born.

And Vader had been its midwife by bringing the three major Rebel leaders together in a situation that forged the Alliance.

Now that the Rebels knew about the Death Star, the Emperor tasked his Enforcer and apprentice, Dark Vader with hunting down the Rebels and killing them. The Death Star could not be compromised and the plans needed to be protected.

For two years, Vader became obsessed with hunting down the Rebels involved in Operation Skyhook. Vader cut a bloody swath throughout the galaxy hunting down Bail Prestor Organa, Mon Mothma and Garm Bel Iblis. The 501st were his personal guard, tasked only with this one mission: save the Death Star.

Vader swore to his Master that the plans would be recovered.

The first success of Operation Skyhook was thanks to a smuggler named Han Solo. Captain Raymus Antilles secured the assistance of Han Solo’s smuggling skills. Solo, originally extremely reluctant to involve himself in Rebel affairs, was forced to comply after Antilles made assisting him the condition for rescuing him from Imperial custody over the surface of Corellia.

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Solo undertook a mission to infiltrate the Imperial shipping facilities in the Vergesso Asteroids, planting a tracking device and EMP emitter in a cargo container bound for an Imperial research station in Corulag. The EMP successfully disabled the station’s defenses long enough for Rebel search teams to raid the station. The data they acquired “confirmed” the existence of the Death Star and gave the Rebels an idea of the scale of its destructive capabilities, but failed to provide any technical information with which a weakness could be identified. However, it did lead to the Rebels discovering that the Death Star was being constantly moved to different locations to avoid its discovery. This revealed that a convoy containing the Death Star plans was en route to Tarawa from Tarkin’s headquarters on Eriadu.

Another set of plans was stolen during an uprising at the Death Star itself. Nine prisoners, one of whom was a Jedi, broke out of Detention Block 2180 and created a diversion long enough for plans to be transmitted to a rebel base on Polis Massa.

This uprising was an embarrassment for Vader. He was scorned by the Emperor, and ordered to personally oversee the mission to stop the Rebellion. The 501st was removed from their post at the Death Star and began following Vader throughout the galaxy as his personal death squad. Vader became obsessed with stopping Operation Skyhook.

Vader became aware of another set of plans that were being smuggled to Danuta. He attempted to end this threat by sending agents to Danuta but the mission failed. The plans still ended up being transmitted to Rebel forces by Kyle Katarn, an Imperial defector.

At the same time, several Imperial Communication Satellites were stolen and smuggled to Cron Drift and the secret Rebel outpost called AX-235. These satellites were used to intercept the schematics for the Death Star from transmissions sent by Rebel spies. Biggs Darklighter couriered the schematics to the Mon Calamari Cruiser called Independence. From there, the schematics were transferred to Tantive IV.

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With the success of all of the missions to recover the Death Star plans, the Rebels now had a list of potential flaws, blueprints of the superlaser system, and schematics that could be translated into a full technical readout of the battlestation.

Vader had sworn to recapture the plans for the Death Star but at every turn the Rebels slipped through his fingers. He had been responsible for bringing the Rebel leaders together, and essentially forged the Rebellion by accident. Vader had always been one step behind the Rebels. He had cut a bloody path through the galaxy and finally had the plans in his sights.

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The plans had been transferred to a starship called Tantive IV. Vader  decided to engage firsthand. He had information that Bail Organa’s daughter, Leia, was aboard the starship and in possession of the plans.

Leia Organa intended to deliver the Death Star plans to  the Star Cruiser Liberty, but the sudden appearance of the Star Destoryer Devastator forced her to take a different route: Tatooine.

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As Vader led a boarding party of the 501st against the Tantive IV, Leia decided to try to deliver the plans into the hands of Obi-Wan Kenobi so that they could be taken to her father, Bail, on Alderaan.

With the captured plans loaded into the astromech called R2-D2, the Rebels now had a New Hope of defeating the Empire.

Vader would continue to pursue the Rebels to reclaim the plans for his Master. He would ultimately fail, becoming distracted by the reappearance of Obi-Wan and the emergence of Luke Skywalker.

Vader, in the end, would be defeated. Some see his defeat as redemption. Others just see the inevitable outcome of a man obsessed, promising to accomplish too much.

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SCENE TWO: TRID SPACEPORT

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PLOT

The characters are members of an Imperial Black Operations force called TASK FORCE 77. They have been selected by Darth Vader to hunt down and capture the Pirate calling himself Quist. They have 26 standard hours to successful apprehend the fugitive and return him to agents of the Empire. Failure will be rewarded with death.

In this scene, Task Force 77 lands in Docking Bay 12-4 in the middle of a shootout between Rebels and Stormtroopers.

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SCENE ONE: WELCOME TO DANUTA

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PLOT

The characters are members of an Imperial Black Operations force called TASK FORCE 77. They have been selected by Darth Vader to hunt down and capture the Pirate calling himself Quist. They have 26 standard hours to successful apprehend the fugitive and return him to agents of the Empire. Failure will be rewarded with death.

In this scene, Task Force 77 arrives in Sector Three and prepares for landing in Trid Spaceport on the planet Danuta. They experience trouble within and without that makes their arrival somewhat difficult.

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OPERATION SKYHOOK

starwarsrpglogoOperation Skyhook was the codename given to the Rebel Alliance’s operation to obtain the Death Star plans and ultimately destroy the Imperial battlestation, the Death Star.

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THE HUNT FOR QUIST

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Darth Vader has selected a sinister force code named Task Force 77 for a special mission. They have 26 standard hours to successful apprehend the fugitive named “Quist” and return him to agents of the Empire. Failure will be rewarded with death.

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VADER’S FIST

tumblr_vaderanimatedgifIt is a time of civil war. A fledgling Alliance has emerged, challenging the Empire for control of the galaxy. Rather than challenging the Empire directly, theses rebels fight a war of attrition, destroying key Imperial targets and liberating numerous worlds. Galactic Emperor Palpatine has publicly denounced the Alliance now calling themselves “The Alliance to Restore the Republic” as terrorists and criminals.

Not long ago, Imperial Intelligence have uncovered a terrorist plot called Operation: Skyhook wherein the rebels plan to steal the secret plans for the Empire’s ultimate weapon. The Emperor has tasked his chief enforcer, Darth Vader, with hunting down these criminals. Using the vast resources at his disposal, Vader has moved throughout the galaxy, his personal guard of the 501st Legion at his side, leaving a swath of destruction in his wake.

Now, Vader has commissioned a sinister force of agents to apprehend a fugitive known as Quist. The agents have 28 standard hours to return the pirate alive to the 501st Legion. It is clear that failure is not an acceptable option.

Pursued by the Empire’s agents, the pirate known as Quist races through the barren landscape of Trid, Capital City of Danuta, unwittingly the custodian of information that may be the only hope to restoring freedom in the galaxy …

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