Bradrus “Slick” Sell
Having recently and separately pissed off notorious gangster Teemo the Hutt, both Juice Dookdroppa and Prata’ri Rackus find themselves back in the Mos Shuuta cantina and strike up a conversation. Meanwhile, fresh-faced young go-getter Bradrus “Slick” Sell, who has just arrived on the planet because it’s the only ticket he could afford, also heads to the cantina, realizing that since he has no money and knows absolutely no one, his plan to seek out the Rebel Alliance probably could’ve used a little more planning. But hey, at least he bought a blaster!
Anyway, Bradrus approaches the two spacers and introduces himself, only to be interrupted as they are approached by a droid. The droid introduces itself as C3-P9, an employee of Bargos the Hutt, and says his employer knows of their recent troubles, and may be willing to help them out if they can do him a favor. He tells them to meet up with Bargos at his mansion that evening, and then casually adds, “Oh, and your friend can come too”, as he gestures at Slick. Before the pair have time to explain that they don’t even really know each other, much less this loser, Slick eagerly accepts the offer, saying “We’ll do it!” and offering an overly excited thumbs up.
Juice and Prata’ri shrug, and Slick assures them he has skills that will come in handy, so they decide to let him come along. They arrive at Bargos’ palace and see some suspiciously shady Gamorreans standing across the street, giving the ole’ stinkeye to the Gamorrean guards at the gate. When they meet up with Genko, Bargos’ Toydarian (guh) majordomo, he acts all evasive, but Slick demonstrates his sweet, sweet talking prowess and charms the flying cootie into revealing that the angry Gamorreans are former employees who quit to look for better work, and are upset that the rest of their brethren didn’t come along (but come on, in this economy?).
So they’re brought in to meet Bargos, who explains that he just acquired an oridium mine on Gavos, and he needs a team to check out its operations and bring him his first cut of the profits, which he randomly assumes will be 100,000 credits. He doesn’t make much of an offer in terms of payment, but Juice and Rackus know there’s another Hutt looking for them if they stay on the planet, so they accept. Slick, however, employs that silver tongue of his to not only get Bargos to commit to paying them for their work, but also to offer them some discounted supplies, as well as the use of one of his ships, the Tiny Dancer. The group realizes that Slick might not be entirely worthless after all, and the three start to head out to get to their newly acquired ship, when suddenly they hear shouting at the front gate. Those disgruntled Gamorreans are attacking the palace!
Bargos quickly closes his chamber like a coward, and shouts through the door at the trio to protect him and his precious valuables. They leap (well, walk cautiously) into action, taking aim at the bad giant pig people, while taking care not to harm the not-so-bad giant pig people.
After blasting a couple of them, the rest squeal and run off. Genko thanks the group for protecting him and his master, then urges them to get to their ship, since fighting off a couple of ex-guards isn’t what they were hired for.
Juice, Rackus, and Slick climb aboard the Tiny Dancer, and Rackus pilots it to Gavos. Once they arrive at the mining facility’s landing pad, the ship’s scanners inform them that there are life signs somewhere beneath the surface. This is a mine, so that surprises no one. Oh, also Gavos has an incredibly toxic atmosphere that is so close to the system’s star that it creates tremendous gravity and heat. That part’s actually important. The only way this mining facility is able to exist is because of a system of eight “storm barrier generators” that revolve around it, slowing/redirecting the atmospheric winds so they don’t tear the place apart.
So the Tiny Dancer lands, and is met by…no one. The guys try to reach out via the ship’s comm system, and get no response. Already this is going phenomenally well. As the group exits the ship and heads inside the reception area, they notice blaster scorches on the interior of the nearest window. They also hear a loud message over the PA system indicating that one of the Storm Barrier Generators has been compromised and must be repaired. The reception office itself is a mess, with lights smashed and some dark liquid staining the carpet. That’s nothing compared to the facility’s “canteen” (cafeteria), though. That’s when our boys see 4 miner corpses sitting at a table, each appearing to have died from a close-range blaster shot. And the cook droid is still making pancakes, without a care in the world. Slick tries to talk to the droid, but realizes that it’s the droid equivalent of crazy, because it addresses him as “Vrrisk” then serves the table of dead men and asks how they like it. This is super creepy, so the guys move on. After searching through the miners’ quarters and finding no one, they finally get to the Chief’s Quarters and discover an inactive droid. Rackus notices that the droid is fitted with a restraining bolt, which he removes to reactivate it. The droid, 3D-4K, slowly powers back up. He doesn’t know what happened at the mine or why/how he got a restraining bolt attached, but talking to him the group is able to determine that he’s been out of commission for roughly two weeks. 3D-4K mentions that the last thing he remembers is that he was supposed to meet with another droid, EV-8D3, regarding the performance of the other droids in the facility. Prata’ri Rackus pockets the restraining bolt and the group keeps 3D-4K with them as they continue to explore.
They come across an office, and Rackus uses the computer to look at security footage, where they see that within the last 24 hours, a freighter landed at Landing Pad B, and its Sullustan pilot got off and met with an EV class droid before they both boarded the ship. After that, the group finds their way to a medical bay, where a medic droid appears to be just a oblivious as the cook droid was.
Finally they get to the cargo room, where they run into s small astromech droid that flips out when it sees them. They catch up to it and manage to calm it down, but all Rackus is able to understand from its beeps and whistles is that apparently there are some pirates in the mines. The group goes to check out Landing Pad B, and the droid rolls away quickly. The Sullustan’s freighter is still there, as is the Sullustan, except now he’s dead. The guys head back inside, moving through the cargo and loading area to the mine entrance, where they are met by EV-8D3, two PK worker droids, and six inactive battle droids.
EV-8D3 explains that the mine was hit by pirates, who killed everyone and have ventured into the mines. He says the droids were left alone because they weren’t a threat, which is also why the droids weren’t able to fight back in any way. When Slick asks why 3D-4K had a restraining bolt on him, EV-8D3 just says that it had been malfunctioning, so they decided to shut it down. The group decides to head into the mines to find these pirates, and Juice tells the droids to barricade the door with boxes so no one can escape. Slick, who’s been rather uneasy about these droids, finds this plan insane since they don’t actually know who or what is in the mine, and the two get into an argument. Ultimately Slick convinces Juice not to barricade the mine entrance behind them as they head inside.
Once they’re inside a mining car and on their way down, the group hears another warning message over the PA. A second Storm Barrier Generator has gone down and is in need of maintenance, so that’s great. The group stops within the mine when they see that a makeshift barricade has been made in front of the way station ahead. They send 3D-4K ahead to investigate, and he gets blasted to pieces almost immediately. The group shouts toward the gunner(s) that they mean no harm and are just trying to find out what happened in the mine. One of the men behind the barricade asks the group to identify themselves and explain what they’re doing, so Slick tells them the entire story about Bargos acquiring the mine, the corpses, and the droids’ story about a pirate attack on the miners. “You idiots!” shouts the voice, “We’re the miners! The droids went crazy and killed everyone and we fled down here!”
“Warning! Warning! Storm Barrier Generator compromised. Send maintenance teams as soon as possible. Warning! Warning!”
So now the group knows what’s up, that EV-8D3 got the other droids all fired up on the “Droid Rights Movement” and they went on a murder spree with the intention of destroying the facility and fleeing on the Sullustan’s ship. The miners are reluctant to fight, since only one of them has a blaster and the others only have mining drills, so Juice, Rackus, and Slick offer to clear the way ahead.
They get back to the mine entrance, where those battle droids are now active and EV-8D3 is now carrying s blaster rifle. Also, there’s now a heavy lifter droid in front of the doorway to the cargo area. Prata’ri Rackus reaches into his pocket and pulls out the restraining bolt from earlier. He sprints toward the lifting droid, leaps and manages to secure the bolt before the droid can move. He then takes cover behind the lifter as Juice opens fire on the battle droids. After destroying half of them, EV-8D3 makes a break for it, escaping to the cargo room. Rackus, forgetting that combat is NOT AT ALL his specialty, decides to be a hero and go after him, abandoning his two pals and heading into the cargo area, which (guess what?) is also full of droids, including another lifter. Rackus is beaten by droids until he loses consciousness, at which point the droids go back to whatever they were doing.
Meanwhile, Juice and Slick are fighting the remaining droids at the mine entrance, and one of the PK worker droids manages to knock Slick unconscious as well, leaving only Juice to finish them off. He revives Slick, who is slightly dazed, and they make their way into the cargo area. They blast the droids there, too, but EV-8D3 is nowhere to be found. Rackus is down for the count, but Juice and Slick know they have to get to the Tiny Dancer if they want to prevent the last generator from failing and ripping the whole place apart, so they decide to leave him for now and head back to their ship.
Upon arriving at the Landing Bay, they see that docking clamps have been locked on the Tiny Dancer, preventing it from taking off, so they run back to the reception office, where EV-8D3 is on the PA telling all the droids that the “pirates” are trying to escape and ordering them to converge on Landing Pad A. Juice blasts EV with a shot to the head, and Slick does his best droid impression to get back on the PA and buy some time, telling the droids that they aren’t on the landing pad anymore and are actually hiding somewhere inside the facility. Juice then uses his computer skill to remove the docking clamps from the Tiny Dancer before attaching them to the Sullustan freighter and blasting the console.
Juice and Slick hightail it back to the Tiny Dancer and take off, heading for the next Storm Barrier Generator. There, they find a droid piloting a cloud car working to sabotage it. It takes a few shots, because
Juice isn’t a very good pilot the cloud car is so small and maneuverable, but eventually they destroy the cloud car and prevent the destruction of the entire Gavos Mining Facility.
Returning to Landing Pad A, Juice and Slick discover that with most of the tougher droids blown to bits, the miners finally grew a collective pair and took back the rest of the facility. The astromech droid, a co-conspirator, has now been fitted with a restraining bolt and the trouble is over. There’s still that matter of paying Bargos, though. Marv, the leader of the miners, mentions that there’s a safe in the office, and he opens it for them, revealing 165,000 credits. Marv says they need these credits to repair and resupply the facility, as well as for payment because they haven’t been paid since the droids took the place over. Slick and Juice negotiate with Marv, telling him that they’ll take only 100,000 credits since that’s all Bargos expects, and the miners can keep the remaining 65,000 as well as the freighter on Landing Pad B. Marv accepts since he owes these guys his life anyway, and thanks them for not being assholes. After loading a still-unconscious Rackus on board the Tiny Dancer, they take off and head back to Tatooine.
Bargos is glad to see them back, and is so pleased with his full payment that he gives them a 10% cut. After telling Bargos how much work it will be to get the mine back up and running, they decide to part ways. Slick, not knowing what to do with Rackus, borrows another transport from Bargos to head to Ryloth, where he assumes the Twi’lek must live. Juice, on the other hand, leaves and heads back to Mos Shuuta in search of his compatriots.