When last we left the crew of the Crazed Fan, they were relaxing in the luxurious warmth of Corellian Bacta tanks. Upon waking with minds cleared, wounds healed, and fingers pruned, they received a message from Mu Nanb. He informed them that he’d tried to send a mechanic team to fix up their ship, but the hangar had been locked down, and there were bounty hunters everywhere, watching the entrance. He also said that, since the repair team was there, he ordered them to go to the hangar where the Wookiebane was located, and see what they could do to fix that up instead.
Jeffren had also received a message from his news director, Bartam Typhe, explaining that he’d received a tip about a notorious smuggler who’d been transporting weapons and supplies for the Rebel Alliance. The smuggler was planning to make his final run, and was on Corellia looking for extra crew!
What a scoop!
So Jeffren headed to hangar D14, ready to take on his newest assignment. As for the rest of the crew, they carefully considered the various details of their situation:
- There’s still a bounty on Juice.
- They recently humiliated a powerful Black Sun leader on the planet.
- Someone has initiated a lockdown of their hangar.
- Bradrus is still aboard the Creme Fraiche.
- The Wookiebane is now functional, should they need access to a starship.
- One of their companions has just been asked to go undercover with a smuggler who is actively searching for new crew members.
Eh, fuck this. Herkin’s coming! Let’s abandon Jeffren and set a trap!
So they do. They contact their Rodian pal Obik Chekka, and head to the late Moxo Oonta’s ship to prepare. Besides, Herkin won’t be suspicious that Moxo has been out of contact for 3 days, and all Rodians look the same, right?
So anyway, Skooter decides to have them all gather on Moxo’s ship, and then get Obik to silently lure Herkin aboard when he arrives, because if there’s one thing Skooter knows, it’s that sitting quietly on a ship and waiting for Herkin to show up is an airtight strategy that cannot possibly backfire.
Meanwhile, Jeffren arrives in hangar D14 to find a man and a droid prepping the ship. The man introduces himself as Dek Narliss, captain of the Winning Hand, and explains that he’s preparing to make his final run to the planet Ralltiir. Jeffren introduces himself as “Chico” and displays a fake ID provided to him by his boss, and they prepare to take off. Dek also introduces Chico to his droid assistant, CK-R3, who he nicknames “Seeker”. As they take off, Chico tries to gather some information about the mission, but Dek is reluctant to provide any detail. He explains only that they are making a delivery to Imperial-controlled Ralltir, and confirms that he’s planning to quit smuggling after completing this last run.
As they approach the atmosphere of Ralltiir, Dek signals CK-R3, who approaches the console of the Winning Hand and inserts a data connection into a terminal. Suddenly, spaceport control is on the comm, identifying the ship as the Fool’s Gold, and Dek grins and winks at Chico. He then replies to the spaceport controller that he is “Capt. Zarik Tobin” and is making a delivery on the planet. The ship is granted clearance to land, and they make their way to a landing pad.
Once there, Dek turns to Chico and explains that he is to remain on the ship while Dek goes to locate his contact. Once he gets back, then they can proceed with unloading their cargo. Dek then leaves the ship, with Chico and CK-R3 still aboard.
Herkin arrives, accompanied by not 1, not 2, but 7 stormtroopers. He sees a Rodian who is clearly not Moxo wordlessly signaling him to come aboard the ship, and then Skooter whispers an excuse about needing help securing the prisoner, which Obik repeats. Herkin, not wanting to dirty his lily-white Imperial officer hands, instructs 3 of the stormtroopers to board the vessel and assist.
That’s when everything went nuts. The three stormtroopers came aboard and saw that it was a trap (gif not found), and everyone started blasting. Juice, Skooter, and FN-1K blasted at the stormtroopers, while Adria used a console on the ship to hack the door to the hangar, closing and locking it.
The stormtrooper sergeant comes aboard as well, and for a while there’s a back and forth of firing inside this tiny scout ship. Eventually, Skooter gets the idea to head to the cockpit and lift the ship off the ground so that the remaining stormtroopers can’t board. He does so, but one of the troopers dashes to the cockpit to stop him. Long story short, Skooter stabbed the guy while hovering the ship. It was pretty cool.
Back on Ralltiir, Dek returns, hands raised, followed by a few members of the CSA security police. The CSA captain calls out, ordering “Captain Zarik Tobin” to exit the ship. Chico steps down, playing along. “I’m sorry, Captain,” Dek tells Chico, “the jig is up. I had no choice.” The CSA then proceed to tell Chico that he is under arrest for smuggling illegal goods to Ralltiir, and Dek makes a move to get back on the ship. The cops tell him he’s under arrest as well, and Dek is surprised. “B-but, the deal was—” And now it’s clear.
Hey, there it is! Anyway, looks like Chico AND Dek are getting screwed over now. It’s time for them to band together if they’re going to get out of this alive. It’s a time for looking beyond the mistakes of the past. A time for forgiveness. A time for teamwork. Right, Chico?
Well, so much for that. Chico panics, runs into the ship, and closes with entry ramp. So Dek’s gonna have to get out of this one on his own! He blasts the CSA Captain with a headshot, just like an old pro. Looks like our boy Dek might get out of this one after all. Now if he can just get to the ship and convince Chico to—
Nope. Dek’s been shot in the back by the other CSA cops. I guess Chico’s flying out of here…solo.
When last we left the rest of the gang, Skooter was stabbing a guy and hovering the late Moxo’s ship. Juice, Adria, and FN-1K were dealing with stormtroopers both on the ship and outside in the hangar. Of course, Herkin is still outside, trying to get the door open, and Skooter is at the helm of a starship with forward-mounted blasters…Are you thinking what I’m thinking?
Wait, what?? Seriously? Uh, ok. let’s see how that goes.
Yeah, when a large vehicle goes from idling to moving toward you, you dive out of the way. And that’s just what the Lieutenant did. So now the escape route is seriously blocked. Also, the ship is now wrecked, so it’s time to ditch it. The gang manages to knock out the remaining stormtroopers, but Skooter has a score to settle with Herkin. A score so important, it can only be solved by a vibroknife with a less-than-impressive stab record. He dashes at him, and they wrestle around for a while, with Herkin trying to reach one of the syringes he’d been carrying to sedate his prisoner. Skooter took a lot of strain in this fight, but not only did he manage to knock the syringe out of Herkin’s grasp, but he pulled that vibroknife and stabbed the FUCK out of him. Herkin was seriously injured, and seeing that Skooter had put so much into this fight that he was on the verge of passing out, he tried something desperate. He tried to taunt Skooter into exhaustion. Summoning all his willpower and hatred, Herkin looked his Chiss foe right in the eyes, and prepared to launch a furious and scathing tirade that would sap the last of Skooter’s strength and render him helpless…
Yeah, it didn’t work. Herkin was so full of knife wounds, all his words had leaked out into a pool on the floor. He started to die, and Skooter helped him along by stabbing him with the vibroblade he’d snagged from Moxo’s corpse. Man, Skooter was really on a badass roll today.
Of course, since the exit to the rest of the spaceport was now blocked by a wrecked ship, and an Imperial shuttle was en route to provide support, Skooter and the gang didn’t have much time to hang around, much less stand over Herkin’s corpse making quips and putting on sunglasses. So they found a ventilation duct and crawled to the spaceport corridor and eventual escape. And that’s the story of everyone in this scenario. Oh, wait, Chico’s still on his own? Right.
Back on Ralltiir, he fired up the engines and began his escape. Of course, CK-R3 had some questions, things like “Where’s Dek?” and “What happened to Dek?”. Chico explained that Dek had been killed by the Corporate Security Agents, conveniently leaving out, “because I ditched him”. When “Seeker” exclaimed that that wasn’t part of the plan, Chico was prompted to ask some questions of his own. Namely, “what plan?”, and “There was a plan??”. Seeker responded by showing him two holomessages. The first was to Dek from Herkin:
“Hello Narliss. I’m arranging to have some passengers sent your way. It would be in your best interest to take them in and get them to Ralltiir. One of them is a reporter, a producer at Corellian News will be sending him as an “undercover” journalist. Just go along with it, and I’ll have security take care of them when you’ve arrived. And Dek? Don’t do anything to make them suspicious. It would be a real tragedy if your wife had to face the consequences because you failed to perform this task adequately.”
So now Jeffren knew that Herkin had planned to trap him as well, but how did he manage to plant the idea of the news assignment? Well, seeker had another holomessage that covered that, this time from Jeffren’s own boss, Bartam Typhe:
“He’s on his way to you now. Take him on like you don’t know anything, maybe show him around, and they’ll pick him up on Ralltiir. Herkin will get to him then. If you can, get his recording equipment before he’s taken, that way we’ll still have a story. And listen, don’t—I mean, try not to let them hurt him. He was a good journalist, even if he is a traitor to the Empire.”
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh shait. So now Jeffren finds out that not only was he set up, but he was set up by his own boss. Well it’s time to fly the Winning Hand back to Corellia, and I assume once Jeffren meets up with the rest of his companions, he’ll have quite a bone to pick. It should be a pretty interesting story, y’know, assuming it isn’t totally half-assed.