Time to return to Kirdo III to report back to Rachel with a twelve day trip.
The techs at the new Kirdo III rebel base have been busy and have been mining out new caverns and facilities for the teams based in the Kirdo system.
Rachel Starrunner meets the team at the cargo landing platform and has the ground crew restock the ship with consumables. She asks Wrasp to assemble his whole team immediately and she leads them into the base.
The base Commander Colljosh Wisson has assembled a formation for DC-01 and awards the team members with the Medal of Merit for their contribution to the operations at Queyta. (It’s a small and quiet affair, and a bit confusing for the PC’s).
Immediately after the ceremony, Rachel grabs Wrasp and his core group and lets them know that she has an immediate mission for their team.
Rachel briefs Operation "Equal Advantage" and lets them know that this is a time sensitive mission as both agents are in jeopardy.
Eight days later, the crew arrives in Corellia and the ship sets down in the starport serving Kor Vella.
They reserve their berth for three days at a cost of $15,000 (total).
In the briefing, the team was given the location of two safe houses for Breth Crylkis. The team splits into two elements to search for the missing agent with Boomer and Break Out grabbing her Air Car to check out the Descs’ Twins Electrorepairs shop. Meanwhile, Wrasp, and Slider rent an air car and check out the Slum Apartment.
The two agents travel to the downtown residential quarters of Kor Vella and head to the twenty third floor of the apartment complex.
The door to Breth’s hideout has been blasted open and the entrance is taped off with law enforcement tape announcing that this location is a crime scene (Do not enter)!
Ignoring the cautionary tape the two enter the tiny domicile to find that the space has been tossed, with furniture upended, what little clothes there are were tossed aside, and the furniture pulled aside. The location was thoroughly searched and there’s even some evidence of blaster fire in the walls. But whomever was doing the shooting, didn’t receive any return fire.
As the two wrap up their search, ISB agents enter the apartment and question what the two are doing in the crime scene!
Slider presents his Imperial Peace Keeper Certificate IPKC and replies that he’s investigating a crime!
The ISB agents aren’t convinced immediately but Wrasp and Slider talk their way out of the situation and are ultimately permitted to leave.
In another section of Kor Vella, Boomer and Break Out find the tiny shop easily enough and meet with Cavo & Tral Desc, the twin proprietors of this electronics scavenge and repair shop.
The twins are pretty typical shop owners and work their best to ply their trade to the two aliens, offering them some state-of-the-art products (advance binoculars, & communicators) at premium prices.
Boomer and Break Out decline and ask if they can check out Breth’s living arrangements. The twins have no objection and inform the two that the ISB has already been down there. The twins do let Boomer and Break Out know that Breth had been sneaking in and out of the tiny room that she was renting from then (down below) but that Breth hasn’t been there in about a week.
This location has also been entered forcibly (but without signs of battle) and tossed in an attempt to find secret or hidden evidence.
Ultimately, Boomer and Break Out learn that this location has been compromised too!
After departing from the Twins’ shop the the two realize that they are being tailed!
The two evade detention and capture by travelling, on foot, through a retail district and change their clothes while being hotly pursued by constables and ISB agents.
Their ruse works and the two are able to return to Boomer’s air car and they depart the area, no longer being followed. (However the shop owners report the two for shoplifting. LEO’s have a $5,000 bounty for information leading to their detainment).
Slider has a side mission to neutralize a pro Empire Bothan agent named Bosc Bwed’hare. Bwed’hare is one of the diplomats working at the Bothan Embassy.
Additionally, the second agent that the team was tasked on recovering is also an employee at the Embassy.
The two head over to the Embassy to make contact with both Bothans and to try to arrange extraction for both.
The meeting with Yin Nikel (the other agent the team was sent to extract) is short and Yin lets the team know that her offices are bugged. She acts like Josus is a long lost friend and invites the Bothan to meet with her after work for drinks. But she has an evening appointment so wont be able to talk for long.
They try to meet with Bosc, but he is unavailable.
After work, Wrasp and Slider meet with Yin. So far, ISB hasn’t made her yet and she is unsurprised to learn that Bosc is pro Empire. She doesn’t have access to Bosc’s residential address, but can look it up and get that data to the two agents the following day. She does know Breth well, but hasn’t heard from her friend since the ISB first attempted to arrest her.
Yin needs to leave shortly as she had a consular dinner later that evening and needs to prepare for it. Wrasp asks if he and Slider can get invites and Yin agrees.
At the dinner, the team meet up with Bosc, who is dismissive, condescending, and uncooperative. He invites the two to make an appointment with the embassy if they want to meet him for business.
Unsien Mos (Break Out) tries to learn more from some old underground contacts that he knows and catches up with an old Duros friend (Ned Treg).
Treg has become a slaver and (in the native Duros language) offers repeatedly to purchase Boomer. (Which understandably pisses off Break Out)!
Treg doesn’t necessarily know about Breth Crylkis, but her father Chayr Crylkis is a wealthy man and someone who is not to be trifled with as Crylkis has a pretty good security detail.
It’s getting late and night settles in at the close of Threesday on CD 6-13.
Foursday on CD 6-14. AM. VERY a.m.
In her sleep Fiaye K’faiya’s (Boomer) dreams are interrupted by her former mentors voice. Luminara cries out, “K’faiy! Lose the tracking device! Get rid of it! Hurry, they’re coming to arrest you! NOW!”
Then the Mirialan woman is shaken awake only to find herself still in her air car in the drain canal in the wrong side of the town of Kor Vella slums. In the pilots seat, Unsien Mos snores gently and there is no sign of anything amiss in the deep shadows of night.
“Hurry . . .” Luminara whispers from the distance of Fiaye’s dreams.
Without awakening her companion, Boomer exits the vehicle and does a quick search and easily finds a device attached to the aft underside of the aircar’s body. She removes the small component, which conveniently has the Imperial Empire star logo with and ISB warning not to tamper with the device.
Searching the detritus and debris in the abandoned byway, K’faye fashions a booby trap, using one of her explosive grenades and conceals it under the tracking device. With her trap set, Boomer returns to the air car and awakens her companion, urging him to “punch it!”
Break Out’s instincts kick in and he gets the air car underway! Not more than two minutes later Fiaye’s trap explodes, far in the wake of the fleeing heroes.
To make sure that they’re not being followed, the two make a circuitous route around Kor Vella and determine that they aren’t being followed, before returning to the Starbound Wayfinder.
On the ship, the rest of the crew begins to wake up for another day of searching and research.
Pa Pooga (Wrasp), the Captain, is the first one up today and is joined shortly by Josus Laorl (Slider). The two compare notes quickly on their quest to take out the pro-Empire Bothan Spy Bosc Bwed’hare. They talked with Yin Nikel the previous evening and need to meet with her to get Bosc’s address. So an early stop to the Bothan Embassy is planned.
Slider gets a targeted update from his IPKC datanet letting him know that a Mirialan Woman and a Duros Man are wanted for ‘questioning’ in regards to shoplifting charges at a local clothing shopping district.
As these two operatives wrap up breakfast, Boomer and Break Out amble into the galley on their way to the crew quarters.
When Pooga inquires about their evening (and most recent criminal escapades) Boomer erupts angrily and demands to be left alone! She rejects a spot of Kaff to help get her through the debrief and destroys the carafe, before she resumes her trip to bed.
Break Out updates the Captain, informing him that the Electronics Shop had been raided by law enforcement and that Breth Crylkis appears to still be on the lam. Pooga informs Mos that Crylkis low rent apartment was also raided and extensively searched in a similar manner. Yin Nikel has been contacted and is available and ready for extraction. There is a plan in place for Nikel’s extraction and Pooga is eager to leave Corellia ASAP. He gives the two till the end of the day to find and extricate Breth Crylkis while Slider and Wrasp wrap up on Slider’s side mission (to eliminate Bosc).
Consulting with Aliz and Sern, Pooga requests that his two load masters secure a cargo from Corellia and they agree to get engines and replacement components for CEC drive systems (since the Alliance employs several CEC merchant ships) but to leave sufficient room for the Starbound Wayfinder to pick up the replacement weapons that Pooga ordered from Czerka Arms on Hosnian Prime.
With that settled, Wrasp and Slider head to the Bothan Embassy to meet up with Yin Nikel. They arrive when the Embassy opens but most of the staff is expected to arrive late today as they had a soiree they all attended last last evening . . . While they wait, the staff offers a simple ‘continental’ breakfast. A simple Bothan continental breakfast comprised exclusively of meat.
About an hour later, Nikel has the two brought to her office. She greets the two with a fake cover story and secretly hands Josus a data storage chip. After a perfunctory conversation, she indicates that their earlier request can’t be fulfilled yet and that it could take as many as seven days to get the answer to their question. (Wrasp and Slider are both confused). They head out and when Slider checks the data he finds that it contains the address for Bosc, who is staying at a downtown apartment in the core of Cornet City (which is a two hour air car ride away).
Wrasp and Slider want to check out the location and scout out possible means to waylay the Bothan. But first, they stop by the Starbound Wayfinder so that Slider can pick up his remote droids. Wrasp checks the data himself as Slider packs up his gear.
At about noon, Boomer wakes up, refreshed and ready to roll! She heads over to Break Out’s room and finds Wrasp and Slider comparing notes and packing. Boomer rouses Sliders’ roommate (Break Out) and informs him that they need to go!
The team compare notes briefly and head out to complete their various missions (at about noon).
After a bit of research, they confirm that the Crylkis family have a real estate company named (appropriately enough) Crylkis Holdings and publicly they advertise several residential rental properties available. The office address is publicly available and the two agents hop in Boomer’s air car and head to the local office with the objective of meeting with Breth’s father, Chayr.
They meet with a very nervous Shett Tern, who is operating the office alone. Shett informs the two that Chayr is not in the office and ergo, not available, but Shett offers to try to help the two with whatever questions that they have and can get the two on the calendar to set an appointment with Chayr.
Break Out and Boomer let on that they’re interested in a rather sizable purchase and that they were referred to speak with Chayr. Shett sets up an appointment on Chayr’s calendar for the following day at 13:00 hrs.
Break Out asks for a tour of the office which Shett readily agrees to and shows the Duros around, (giving Boomer an opportunity to hack into the front lobby terminal). Boomer easily gets access to the system and looks up Chayr’s schedule and learns that the elder Crylkis is out doing showings ALL DAY and is expected to meet his last clients this evening in Cornet City at 22:00 hrs. Boomer copies the details for this last appointment and then joins the two on the tour.
While the office is well appointed, it’s rather empty. There is a corner office for Chayr, but it looks like it’s rarely used. Breth Crylkis does have the office adjacent and Shett explains in a pained expression that the company hasn’t had time to remove Breth’s name from the door yet. When asked why her name needs to be removed, Shett provides an ambiguous answer that doesn’t mean anything. Breth is an embarrassing subject.
There are five other offices, all with named occupants, but seemingly disused.
Boomer and Break Out depart.
Slider receives a comm from Yin Nikel on the burner communicator. She invites the two to meet up with her at a local diner to talk “off record.” She knows a nice place that has the best meat shakes.
The three confer, with Josus and Yin each enjoying their meat shakes, while Pa sips on a glass of water.
Yin is eager to learn of their plans to extract her. Pooga assures Yin that they have a plan and that he will send a message to Yin’s office about a family emergency that she will need to depart for. Wrasp will then have someone (Duster is who he planned to send) to pick Yin up from the Embassy and to get her onto his ship. Yin’s okay with that plan and she departs the diner.
Wrasp and Slider head out to Cornet City to scout out Bocs’s residence.
Wrasp and Slider arrive at Bosc’s apartment building which is tended to by doormen, who don’t let the duo enter the building. Wrasp informs the doorman that they are there to visit Bosc, but since Bosc isn’t home, the two aren’t admitted to the building.
Wrasp and Slider also notice that the lobby is manned by at least one armed security guard.
No problems! The two find a convenient back alley and Slider deploys his remotes so that they can check out Bosc’s apartment. It turns out that Bosc is renting out the whole 68th floor in an open concept design and has a lot of natural Bothan decor highlighting Bosc’s hunting capability.
Wrasp decides that hitting Bosc at home will be a fairly hard target location.
The two operatives return to the Kor Vella starport and their ship the Starbound Wayfinder after a long day of mostly travel.
Boomer and Break Out travel to Cornet City and enroute, Boomer calls the three families seeing the last apartment and she cancels the showings with Chayr (so that Boomer and Break Out can speak with the agent privately).
At 22:00 hours, Boomer and Break Out arrive to confront Chayr and to question him about his daughter.
Chayr has had a very long day and is exhausted and angry at Boomer cancelling his clients.
He does however answer the questions posed by the two about Breth. Ultimately the real estate mogul is sorely disappointed by his daughter and her betrayal to the Empire. Breth had been running the real estate shop and Chayr has had to come out of retirement to pick up the slack and revitalize the business in his daughter’s abrupt absence.
Breth’s betrayal has also jeopardized her younger brother’s bid to enlist in the Imperial Academy the following year. Chayr is hopeful that his young son’s enrollment with the SA will help curtail the stigma of having a traitor in the family.
Chayr repeatedly tells the two agents that if they want any real actionable intel about his adult daughter’s whereabouts that they would be better served asking the ISB agents who have been questioning friends and family. The ISB likely knows more about Breth’s life than her father at this point.
Chayr indicates that if he makes contact with Breth, he will be more than willing to contact the ISB so that his troublesome child can be brought to justice. Chayr freely indicates that he has not seen nor heard from Breth since the ISB attempted to arrest her two weeks ago, and before that, he only saw her on Lightdays for the weekly family dinner.
With their questions abated, the elder estate agent ushers the two to leave; which they do. Chayr opens up his communicator as the two leave.
Still curious, the two locate Chayr’s air car and stake it out. But after thirty minutes, there is no sign of Chayr!
The two sneak back up to the apartment and learn that Chayr has contacted his clients (whom Boomer cancelled) and re-established the showings.
Chayr wraps up his delayed showings and departs Cornet City at 23:30 hrs.
In an effort to learn the location of Chayr’s home, Boomer and Break Out tail the agent’s air car until he returns to his home. Chayr’s opulent home is located on a palatial land estate half way between Cornet City and Kor Vella.
Boomer and Break Out discuss whether to approach the home in the middle of the night or to surviel the home. The two want to try to speak with Chayr’s son.
They opt to remain in hiding and to try to talk to the son away from the home. They settle down for another long sleep deprived night, opting to take shifts watching the home.
Boomer uses her Force power to seek out Breth’s location (late at night) and senses that Breth is walking along the streets somewhere in Kor Vella, but the vision is indistinct.
The next morning . . .
They both wake up early, eager to get to the new day.
The rest of the crew has a busy day ahead of them as they are loading up the second half of the 800 EC of components that were purchased. Aliz should have the ship ready for departure by the end of the day. Wrasp lets Aliz know that he intends to leave today and that when Yin Nikel gets aboard, to make sure that she and the rest of the crew ensure that the Bothan Woman doesn’t leave the ship so that they can leave at a moment’s notice.
Wrasp notes that two of his crew are absent and calls Break Out and Boomer on the comms to see if they’re still alive.
The two agents update Commander Pooga (Wrasp) about their current whereabouts and what they plan on doing for the immediate future, but Wrasp orders them to break off their surveillance and to return to the ship. He wants to shake up the teams and tackle the problem from different angles.
Break Out, during a quiet moment over breakfast, tries to use his Seek Force power to find Breth and senses that she is in a “white cube,” sleeping peacefully on a thin mat, with a knapsack close by.
An hour later, Wrasp asks Boomer and Slider to take care of Bosc and has them use the rented air car.
Meanwhile Wrasp and Break Out head out to meet up with Mos’ previous slaver friend Nor Treg.
Wrasp suspects that Breth may have been captured by Treg and questions the Duros slaver about his operations. Using the Force to influence Treg, Wrasp convinces the Duros to take him to his ‘storage’ facility for his slaves. They inspect the cages that Treg uses and Break Out confirms that these cages are clearly not the kind that Breth was inside, during that vision.
Wrasp and Break Out leave Treg and make their trip out to visit the Chayr Crylkis residence.
Boomer and Slider stake out the Bothan Embassy and await an opportunity to take out Bosc.
Bosc (and opportunity) arrive not too much later and the two rebel agents pull off a very successful fly by shooting, with Slider piloting the craft while Boomer takes a shot with her Dathomir Sister energy Bow. She gets two decisive shots off and the Bothan spy goes down!
Local law enforcement respond quickly and Boomer and Slider find themselves evading a lone constable’s vehicle as it pursues them with lights flashing and siren blaring.
They evade law enforcement capture by driving through the mall in the clothing district. Witnesses finger Boomer (again).
Using evasive traffic techniques, they guide their rented air car back to the Starbound Wayfinder with no further pursuit.
Yin Nikel calls Josus on the burner comm again as she is concerned over Bosc’s very public death! She wants reassurances and Josus invites her to meet him on the Starbound Wayfinder. The two talk briefly. Yin hasn’t received the message yet and Josus assures Yin that she won’t need to wait much longer as the Captain intends to leave today. Josus points out Duster to Yin and lets the Bothan woman know that’s the human that will be picking her up.
Reassured, Yin thanks Josus and asks if she can head out to her next meeting (so that her absence isn’t alarming). Josus assents and Yin begins to leave.
But, to Josus’ horror, Aliz (Spice), Celeste (Duster), and Devo gun down Yin, stunning her with their blasters before the Bothan woman can walk down the boarding ramp. Quickly Devo swoops up the unconscious Bothan and whisks her to one of the available guest rooms.
Josus expresses dismay and Aliz casually informs Slider of Wrasp’s commands to her and the crew from earlier that morning.
En route to the home a constable pulls up behind their air car and signals them to pull over.
Knowing that their is an arrest warrant out for him, Break Out uses the force to create an illusion that he’s actually a Human (Shett Tern specifically, the employee he met yesterday at Crylkis Holdings).
Break Out convinces the constable that he’s not the person that they’re looking for and that he borrowed the vehicle from his Mirialan friend. He lets the constable know that she had a job to take care of in Cornet City.
The Constable lets the “Human” and the Kel Dor go, and recommends that the no longer use this vehicle as the Mirialan Woman is wanted on criminal charges.
GM: Session ends. It’s about noon on Fivesday CD 6-15.
Noon on Fivesday; CD 6-15.
After evading local LEO’s, Slider decides to abandon the rental car that he and Boomer had been driving. Further, Slider calls the rental company and reports the vehicle as stolen.
The two are on the outskirts of downtown Kor Vella and estimate that it will take at least three hours on foot to get back to their ship at the star port. While on foot, they attempt to search for Breth Crylkis among the pedestrians.
The two have successfully talked their way past a local constable who was checking their vehicle for an All Points Bulletin regarding a Mirialan Woman and a Duros.
The two continue their journey to the Crylkis mansion and talk over their approach options. They decide to pose as plumbing vendors (based on their Van Ondris Plumbing lead).
Unsien Mos (Breakout) drives up to the security panel outside the front gate and asks the answering attendant to meet with the woman of the house.
The attendant (suspicious) asks several clarifying questions, learning that the strangers are there regarding a plumbing issue, but learns that they’re actually at the right place when Mos identifies that he is there to meet with Dian Crylkis because Chayr is likely unavailable. (That bit checks out). The two are ultimately permitted entry.
Mos and Pooga are greeted by a maid. She greets the two and lead them into the front main living room, where Dian is waiting for them.
Dian is dressed very casually in a kimono and is not made up with slightly disheveled hair. She offers Chi to the two guests and asks if they prefer hot vs cold. (They opt for hot). The maid is asked to provide the refreshment.
Using a combination of the force powers of Influence, and his training in negotiation and inquiry, Pooga asks Dian about Breth and Breth’s situation.
Dian doesn’t know anything about Chayr’s business and she deflects all questions about Crylkis holdings to her husband Char. There’s even an office that Pooga can visit. Dian doesn’t care how the money is made, but she has appreciated the wealth that Chayr has accumulated (as evidenced by the palatial home she lives within).
As for her daughter . . . Dian has already answered the Imperial Security Bureau representatives and has nothing to add!
Pooga tries to assure Dian that he isn’t affiliated with the ISB and believes that Breth may be innocent.
Dian openly disbelieves this claim and remains vitriolic toward her daughter for ruining her son’s future with the Imperial Academy. Bil Crylkis’ future with the Imperial Academy remains in doubt.
While Pooga is talking to Dian, Unsien Mos receives a call on his communicator. Mos takes the call in another room of the spacious home and finds himself talking to Shett Tern, the secretary at Crylkis Holdings. Apparently Mos and his female Mirialan companion missed their 1:00 appointment with Chayr, BUT Shett had removed that appointment from Chayr’s calendar. Shett is eager to reschedule and help the two later that day. He recommends they meet after Chayr departs the office and recommends a 3:00 p.m. appointment. Unsien Mos agrees.
Back to Wrasp. He continues to get some background information about Breth, first asking about Breth’s relationship with the Bothan Diplomat Yin Nikel. Dian is aware of the Bothan, but didn’t think the two were all that close. They would visit with each other cordially during social soirees.
When Wrasp asks Dian who her daughter might visit ‘over night’ Dian mentions her daughter’s best friend Gieca Vartod. Gieca works at Drive Systems Control Protocols (DSCP) and Wrasp is provided Gieca’s residential address by Dian as well.
Pa Pooga, (excited by this new lead) wraps up his interview and, using influence has Dian forget the meeting.
Wrasp and Break Out depart.
Pooga asks Mos about his call and Break Out lets Wrasp know about the rescheduling of his and Boomer’s appointment. Unsien Mos suspects that Shett Tern is trying to lure the two into an ISB trap! Tern mentioned and stressed “the Mirialan Woman” several times during the call, which piques Break Out’s already heightened suspicions about the secretary. Wrasp also suspects that Crylkis Holdings is a shell company. The two agree not to show up for the 3:00 p.m. appointment.
Break Out begins the hour long trip back to Kor Vella while Wrasp contacts Slider and Boomer to get their latest update. Wrasp asks Slider to talk to Yin Nikel and to check out her apartment to see if Breth has taken shelter there.
Slider makes a quick call and has Drips revive Yin Nikel. It will take some time for Nikel to be revived.
Ghost texts the address to Slider a couple of minutes later.
Boomer and Slider grab a Taxi and head to downtown Kor Vella. Yin’s apartment building is similar to Bocs but the doormen are expecting a law enforcement visit and with Slider’s IPKC, they are taken to Yin’s apartment by security.
Yin Nikel’s apartment is very clean and nicely decorated to compliment her Bothan culture. Boomer uses the Sense force power to see if there is anyone in the apartment but detects no life.
Slider checks out the apartment and determines that Yin is the sole occupant and that no one else accessed the apartment since Yin left for work that morning.
Slider calls Wrasp and updates him on their findings. (Or the lack thereof).
Wrasp and Break Out check out Gieca Vartod’s apartment. It’s an open apartment with no security and the two are able to get to Gieca’s door. Using the Sense force power, Wrasp and Break Out determine that her apartment contains no one in the apartment.
With it being mid afternoon, the two drive over to her employer DSCP and after a short interlude are directed by DSCP employees to Gieca’s desk.
She’s a secretary in an open hall and juggling a bunch of calls but she’s willing to talk to Wrasp. When Gieca realizes that this Kel Dor and Duros are asking about Breth, she asks a co-worker to cover her desk and she takes the two to the lunch room for privacy. (Mid afternoon, the cafeteria is empty).
Gieca has been questioned by ISB agents and she wasn’t aware of Breth’s rebellion activity and informed the ISB of this case.
Gieca and Breth have been life long friends since primary school and have been very close.
Wrasp allays Gieca’s fears that they’re not affiliated with the ISB and that they are trying to protect Breth. Gieca, (subsequent to being released by the ISB) has been approached by Breth, and Gieca has been giving Breth cash to survive. She informs Wrasp that she even has $2,000 credits that she plans to give to Breth the next time the two meet.
Gieca has no way to contact Breth, but was approached by her friend twice in the past two weeks for cash. Gieca met Breth twice in the past two weeks and Breth approached Gieca close to where she lives, once at a local diner and most recently at a park.
Wrasp decides to grab another taxi and meets Hiv Mavvis. Wrasp pays Hiv $1,000 credits for a $10 fare and asks Hiv to wait. Meanwhile, Break Out decides to tail Gieca in case she is approached by her friend.
Wrasp checks out the park but it’s clear that this is an upscale park catering to lots of kids, but Breth is clearly not there.
Wrasp then has Hiv drive him to the diner where Breth last met up with Gieca and Hiv recommends it. They have great hoagies! Wrasp and Hiv grab a late lunch and they hang out until the 5:00 p.m. rush. Breth doesn’t show.
Fiaye is frustrated and wanted. She grabs one of the bottles of Nubian wine and proceeds to get herself drunk.
The two decide to return to the Swooping Kestrel at the starport. To get past security, Slider goes and purchases some makeup from a local cosmetics store. He explains that he wants to pick up some foundation for his “human girlfriend.” Ultimately he goes with a dark bronzed pigment.
They makeup Fiaye’s face and hands before hailing a cab and that does the trick to getting them back to the Swooping Kestrel.
Slider checks in with Yin and she is understandably upset at being shot and then locked in a cell! (It’s actually a guest room, but this is a starship so rooms are smaller).
Slider apologizes for her mistreatment and unlocks her access to the ship. He reminds Yin that they’re planning on leaving at “any minute” and that she needs to stay on the ship. He shows Yin to the galley so that she can grab a bite to eat. She’s not happy with the shipboard rations, so Slider offers her the Bothan left overs from that morning.
Slider checks in with the rest of the crew and tries to chastise them for shooting Yin, but they each in turn explain that Aliz was following the Captain’s orders to not let Yin depart the ship, and they were in turn following Aliz’ lead.
Several of the crew (now wrapping up the lengthy loading process in order to get the ship ready to leave) ask how soon the Captain will be returning as they want to catch a nice sit down meal at one of the on site restaurants. Slider warns them not to leave for too long and that they don’t have time for a sit down meal. And if they aren’t on the ship when the Captain gets back, they’ll be left behind!
Break Out follows Gieca Vartod as she leaves work. She catches the elevated train back to her neighborhood, and Break Out pursues her on foot (leaving Boomer’s aircar at the DSCP facilities). Geica stands out from everyone else and Break Out is able to shadow her easily. Geica stops at a diner, picking up a simple meal of Fish and Tubers. After dinner, Geica heads out and enjoys a show at the Theater. Break Out continues to shadow Geica and grabs a theater seat too.
Wrasp and Hiv take the hint from the wait staff to pay their bill and Wrasp has Hiv take him to the starport and the Swooping Kestrel.
In her quarters, Boomer relaxes into a relaxed state and she seeks out some insight into Breth and sees that Breth is getting ready to shower in a fresher. There aren’t any toiletries and Breth looks very dirty. Fiaye also gets a good look at Breth’s clothes, including a water stained gray poncho. The rest of Breth’s clothes are distressed and ragged. There aren’t many other details, but Boomer gets the impression that Breth is still in the city of Kor Vella .
[At about the same time, (while trying to not get lost in the play) Unsien Mos tries to use his Sense force power to try to find Breth and all he gets is that the woman is showering].
Wrasp checks in with Boomer and quickly notes the slurred speech pattern, easily explained by the mostly empty bottle of Nubian wine.
Boomer is slumped down on Sern’s bunk and demands to know if it’s raining in Kor Vella. Puzzled Wrasp doesn’t know but uses his communicator and calls Break Out. He asks for a weather update, and Mos is able to confirm that there has been no rain. Nor is it raining now!
Wrasp has Drips administer an injection to Boomer that will counter the alcohol coursing through the Mirialan’s veins. Pa Pooga needs Fiaye sober now! Drips is happy to do so and Boomer is shortly awakened and alert.
Wrasp grabs the “A” team and they compare their notes. They have chased down every lead and are no closer to finding Breth than when they began! And the snippets of visions from Boomer and Break Out haven’t helped much!
They decided to track down the invoice that Yin Nikel received from Van Ondriss plumbing two days ago (it’s now Starday! Very VERY a.m.).
A quick search of the public database shows that Van Ondriss has a publicly available service address.
Wrasp calls Break Out and informs him of the new location. The teams plan to meet up at the plumber’s office, which is located convenient to Crylkis Holdings offices.
Before leaving the theater, Unsien Mos has a quick chat with Gieca. He asks Gieca to pass on a message to Breth if she meets later. Mos advises that Breth “Seek out the Kestrel.”
“The bird? What’s that supposed to mean? Where would Breth find a Kestrel?”
A fair point. Mos recommends that Breth start at the starport.
Mos uses the public transport to head back to DSCP and picks up Fiaye’s aircar.
Mos gets to Van Ondriss’ ‘office’ address and finds a home. The home is dark (not all that suspicious this late at night) and Break Out is able to break in to the home easily.
Break Out is able to search the home briefly before the rest of his teammates (Wrasp, Boomer, and Slider, along with Hiv who is still chauffeuring Wrasp) show up.
Van Ondriss was obviously using his home to stage his plumbing business out of and about half of the house (including the garage) either stores plumbing materials and supplies, with one room converted to an office.
The power and water utilities have been shut off and the yard has been neglected for about five weeks (consistent with Ondriss arrest by the ISB).
Wrasp ask Boomer to convert a power cell and to power up Van Ondriss work terminal (in the ‘office’) and Boomer does so with expected ease.
The computer terminal shows that Van Ondriss seemed to be a successful plumber, but his primary client was Crylkis Holdings. And with Crylkis, he was receiving an unusually large volume of work requests from Breth. Cross checking addresses, Boomer discovers that two of the addresses aren’t associated with residences. One is to a local close by park and another leads to a diner.
The Diner would be closed so . . . TO THE PARK!
A quick trip later, they arrive at the park, which is solely occupied by a sleeping hobo. The park is more decorative than useful and is comprised of only some shrubbery, a couple of trees, and is otherwise covered with grass.
They awaken the hobo and question him. He seems to own the park but doesn’t provide much useful information. (Hindered by poor questions). He points out that if someone doesn’t have a place to sleep that there is a local homeless shelter, but the hobo doesn’t like staying there because there are so many rules and it’s a grungy and dirty place. The PC’s discover shortly after, that this shelter houses men only.
Boomer tries to tie into her former Jedi Mentor and connects with Luminara. She demands from Luminara that she give her some viable lead on Breth Crylkis! Luminara replies that she doesn’t know who let alone where Breth is! The deceased mentor explains to her former pupil that if the mentor doesn’t know what path Fiaye is on, then Luminara can’t walk ahead to see what’s ahead. Luminara commends Fiaye on making a solid connection with Luminara but counsels the Mirialan to abandon her path along the dark side!
Meanwhile Wrasp searches the park and finds a dead drop! Under a false rock there is a datapad concealed. Wrasp asks Fiaye to access the datapad and see what it says.
Upon powering up the datapad, it’s obviously a Rebel Alliance datapad and though Boomer can’t access the datapad at the park, she is certain that she can bypass the security once they return to the Swooping Kestrel.
Taking an updated look at the information available, the team realizes that the data they need is probably on the Crylkis Holdings computer systems. They decide to meet up with Shett Tern early in the morning. Boomer is able to locate Tern’s address and the team arrive at about 6:00 a.m. on Starday and awaken Tern.
Tern is more open and happy to see “the Mirialan Woman.” Tern was unaware of Breth’s status as a Rebel Agent before her arrest, but he’s also not willing to see her handed over to the ISB. And NO he hadn’t facilitated a trap. Since seeing Boomer’s activities contrary to the ISB he’d been trying to re-connect with the team.
Tern doesn’t have the means to contact Breth, but is very willing to help Wrasp’s team access the computers at Crylkis Holdings. He dresses quickly and they all head over to the offices.
With Tern’s assistance, they get through building security without issue and though Tern has very limited access to the Crylkis Holdings computer systems, Boomer is able to slice the systems and access all of the records.
She focuses on the Van Ondriss Plumbing records and realizes that shortly after Breth’s attempted arrest, Van Ondriss Plumbing received a single work order. And under that work order, Van Ondriss has been accessing empty apartments! And the last one was accessed last night!
The team thank Tern and race off to the apartment, hoping to catch up with Breth.
She has just left, the location, but Wrasp and Break Out spot the woman as she turns into a side alley. (Thanks to the various visions of Breth, via the force, everyone is able to recognize the woman in spite of her disguise). Wrasp and Boomer (driven by Hiv) drive directly after the bedraggled woman, and Wrasp signals for Break Out to drive around and to get ready to intercept Breth if she attempts to flee.
Wrasp asks Boomer to stay in the taxi, and Wrasp exits the car. To his consternation, Boomer also exits the vehicle, but Wrasp calls out to Breth.
Forunately, she doesn’t escape and upon seeing Fiaye, she confirms that the two are there to extract her. Feeling safe, Breth pitches her knapsack into the closest garbage bin and enters the car. She still stinks in spite of last nights shower.
The teams change up vehicles as they have to sneak TWO wanted criminals past the Stormtroopers posted as security details to intercept one wanted Mirialan Woman.
Wrasp and Boomer stay in the taxi (as Boomer still has her bronzed human makeup) and Hiv takes off to deliver them to the Swooping Kestrel. They get through the checkpoint with little effort.
Following them in Boomer’s aircar, Slider drives the vehicle with Break Out seated behind him and Breth in the back seat, with the plan for Break Out to use the Force to mask Breth’s presence from the security troopers. The only catch is that he can only block her from up to three people at a time and there are over a dozen troopers!
Wrasp, understanding the limitations, and having succeeded, has an idea. He offers to pay Hiv more money to race through the security station! Poor Hiv is so sleep deprived and enticed by the offer that he accepts. Hiv also removes his shirt while Wrasp and Boomer exit his Taxi. After confirming payment from Wrasp (Hiv was paid $3,000 for his night’s adventures) the crazed Taxi driver recklessly bolts through the Security Checkpoint and draws off most of the guards.
These antics disrupt Slider’s guards a bit, but the two troopers just wait for the ruckus to die down.
Slider’s car has an upgraded All Points Bulletin in effect and the troopers ask if the vehicle belongs to Slider.
Slider answer to the affirmative, but the Troopers are looking for a Mirialan and a Duros. Not a Bothan Bounty Hunter.
Slider eventually explains that he commandeered this aircar and that the Duros in the back seat is his bounty.
The troopers remind Slider that there’s a $10,000 credit bounty for this Duros locally, but Slider informs them that he intends to collect the Hutt Bounty on his quarry which far exceeds the local bounty.
The troopers ask if Slider knows anything about the Mirialan Woman known to be working with the Duros and Slider explains that she dove into a sewer pipe. And Slider had no desire to try to clean that kind of funk out of his fur.
The Stormtroopers, satisfied with his explanation, let Slider slide through the checkpoint.
The crew are reassembled, and the ship departs, with a course set to take them back home to Kirdo III.