After Dropping Cad Bane off at Bargos the Hutt’s Villa the crew of the Blackhawk break into teams to accomplish many tasks.
Just outside of Bargo’s villa Vitaly and Caster Troy both disembark in the midst of a lightning-filled sand storm. From there they run to Old Blue Eyes to check on the state of affairs surrounding the villa. They find the people of the small town to be scarce and fearful. More then usual that is. Blue Eyes itself is filled with bounty hunters. Meeting with his contact Rourk, Vitaly gets information about the happenings. Boba Fett is inbound with a team of killers to overrun Bargo’s weakened defenses. He finds that two jedi were fighting one another on the causeways of Center itself. He finds out about a traveling merchant named Dorn on "Rondo’s Beat". And lastly he invests in some information about Barab 1.
Traveling to their save spot the crew of the Blackhawk find that the skies are heavily monitored and the Imperial presence upon Lannik is in full display. They fly under the radar and avoid detection.
Jonny Riccards stays aboard with Dr. D.O.O.M. working on improvements. He makes many improvements on Dr. D.O.O.M’s frame.
After receiving transportation from the old Selonian Brickard, Haal, Koyi, and Durani’ travel to Center to drop off Chrishum’s medical supplies. They travel through four Imperial check points, one of which is run by Imperial Commander Varris. They take Koyi away to station 5701-9I for interrogation. Haal and Durani’ try to intercede but the menacing Clone Troopers stop their efforts. They continue on and drop off the supplies with Chrishum.
They find that Chrishum and his family have suffered at the hands of the Imperials. Chrishum’s arm and several ribs are broken and he has been permanently blinded in his right eye. His son also has a broken arm. Nonetheless the Ithorian makes good on his deal with Haal and he is relieved to see the product has been delivered safely. The neural stabilizer is currently in route, but due to the Imperial blockade it will take some time to arrive. If the crew of the Blackhawk wishes to retrieve it themselves, it is currently waiting on Rodia.
Koyi discovers that the Imperial agents are actually rebels who have been operating in this capacity for nearly a year now. After establishing that the crew of the Blackhawk is on the level, the quite charming Commander Donovan Varris reaches out to Koyi to set up a meet between Captain Haal and himself.
Dr. Durani’, having already established contact with a Professor Liebermann prior to landing, meets him at the Center University for Science and Research. The two speak about similar interests, such as chaos theory and bio research, before Professor Liebermann slides Durani’ a picture of the missing Dr. Windum Voo’s research. He is fearful for his life and suspects he is being watched. After they continue their conversion, the faculty of the university are able to point Dr. Durani in the direction of a medical specialist who deals in organs grown for children to combat chemical imbalances.
Slipping off the ship, Reedro Ricards makes a clandestine meeting with a woman simply called Mother. She gives him a brief case and speaks to him about an unassuming mission to Coruscant. She also points him in the direction to deal with his headaches. Reedro leaves with the leather briefcase.
The group meets Trey Nord and Sueh Strom. (As I was handling about 6 things at that point I would love one of you to give a recap of that situation)
Everyone regroups at the Blackhawk. Dr. D.O.O.M. imagines his top 5 ways he would kill each of the new recruits. A diagnostic is run on the rather stripped down MX-70 by Reedro. Everything checks out.
While most of the group goes out to “Rondo’s Beat” to follow up on Smee the Dugg, Reedro, Durani’ and Trey Nord hack into the Imperial surveillance system to find out more information about the jedi sighting. What they find is disturbing. A Jedi gives chase to a cloaked man and Sess, the rather forgettable archeologist from the Malcadian group that they were with not 12 days ago. The cloaked man is able to fend off the Trandoshan Jedi just long enough for Clone Troopers to arrive. This provides a brief respite, enough for him to leap onto a shuttle with Sess and flee his pursuer. The Trandoshan Jedi, now surrounded by Clone Troopers, enters into a whirling melee killing over thirty clone troopers before disappearing into the smoke and debris caused by the destruction both parties wrought upon the docks.
At Killjoy: Vitaly introduces Haal to a Feeorin named Dorn. After some time Haal, Sueh Strom, and Trey Nord follow Dorn to the hanger where he has set up shop. Haal plays it cool when Dorn turns on him with a weapon. His assured demeanor pays off and amuses Dorn. They continue into the hanger where Haal and Sueh load up their goods. Haal pays with unmarked credits which Dorn appreciates. Putting himself in the shoes of a Duros, Dorn goes into a small room and comes out with a black box. Inside this satin lined box is a black bottle with a red wax seal. It is a 2L bottle of Sullustan Brandy, 30 year. This may or may not have been conveyed to the rest of the crew.
Meanwhile, Koyi looks for evidence of rebel activity in the Killjoy. The closest thing she can find are two shady characters standing by a wall. After asserting her womanly dominance over the uncaring Sueh Strom, she sits at the bar and starts to drink. Her first drink hits her exceptionally hard and the rest is kind of a blur.
At the same time, Castor Troy sits at the table with Smee, the Dug. Vitaly joins him after they play a few rounds of sabacc. Vitaly almost works an arrangement out, but then Castor Troy goes to removes his credits form the table. He is stopped by Smee. Castor Troy pulls a gun and after a tense standoff during which several heavily armed men who clearly have Smee’s best interests in mind stand up menacingly, Smee flips the table and begins to strangle Troy. As blaster fire commences Koyi is already up and out the door before anyone, even Caster Troy, can react. Vitaly shorts out the lights and cold cocks one of the thugs backing up Smee. In a ball of strangled blaster fire Caster Troy falls out the front door while point-blank stunning the dug who is still busy strangling him. Koyi runs from the back entrace to the front and puts down covering fire, but she is badly shot in return. The second blaster bolt meant for her finds Vitaly’s shoulder instead.
Manuel Tram, a downtrodden Utai who just recently recovered his stolen speeder bike and spent his last remaining credits on its repairs, looks up to find Vitaly’s fist meet his face. He is launched off his speeder and eats dust and grit as it peels out in his face. “My speeeeeeeder!” Koyi jumps on and they speed away taking oppressive blaster fire.
Following suit Caster Troy throws the body of the dug in a speeder and hops in himself. He takes a shot in his back that makes his extremities tingle. He then takes a shot in his neck which is excruciatingly painful only to have his breath taken from him as a bolt strikes him in the back. Heading in the direction of the Blackhawk, he passes out at the wheel in sight of Dr. Durani’, who runs to his rescue. Durani’ is quickly followed by Reedro while Haal fires up the engines and Johnny quickly tries to install the new sensors on the ship.
With time in short demand Trey Nord runs a sensor ping to try to trick the system of any functionality and power before it died again. He detected a speeder bike approaching the ship from behind. That was all Haal needed to hear before he kicked the engines into full throttle and began to take off. The Trandoshan that had chased Sess leapt from his speeder bike and used the Force to pull the ship back to him.
Dr. D.O.O.M.‘s constant plotting resulted in the droid hooking Reedro with a retraction cable before the latter left the ship. Reedro was into the ship immediately. Sueh Strom then tore Castor Troy from Durani’s care and threw him up into the swooping ship’s boarding ramp like a crumpled up dish rag.
Turning on the high powered search lights Reedro focused them on the Jedi holding the ship, which gave the Blackhawk the brief respite it needed to tear away from his telekinetic grasp. In the end the Haal was able to perform a double barn swallow scooping up Sueh Strom and the distant Vitaly and Koyii leaving the Jedi in a wake of dust. Vitaly pulled the stolen speeder into a desperate bootlegger turn without decelerating and rammed the bike up into the gullet of the cargo bay. The speeder smoothly stopped with only minor cosmetic damage to the Nameless Incom A-24 Sleuth Class Stealth Ship already held in the bay, although the dent was caused by Dr. D.O.O.M.’s head. The droid happened to be standing in the exact spot that Vitaly wanted (needed?) to park in at the same time Vitaly was parking the speeder. D.O.OM. remembers.
As a night cap to an already eventful day, Vitaly arrived at Bargos’ villa to deliver Smee and collect the promised reward. There he saw Cad Bane and Boba Fett squaring off. Boba Fett was vastly outnumbered by the many bounty hunters and mercenaries Vitaly had seen earlier in the day. Though in the end though it was between Bane and Fett. They both drew but Bane was quicker. Boba was shot three times, arm, chest, and head. However, Bane and everyone else soon found that it was in fact not Boba at all, but a droid in disguise. Perhaps Boba had never set foot on Lannik.
Vitaly stripped the droid corpse of its “fake armor” and delivered its head to Bargos for a few extra credits, which along with the shipment of Smee, released the Blackhawk crew from their obligations to him. For now……
Although Bargos, in good Hutt fashion, did try to undercut the original price. In the end, the Hutt decided that the horrific torture he would inflict upon the Dug was worth all the credits.
Hours later a sweeping Holo News Report released the shocking murders of all Hutt crime lords on Tatooine, which brings the Hutt death toll up to 9. The Jackal is claiming responsibility for these recent deaths, all 6 of which have been scorched beyond recognition.
All in all one hell of a day.