….So there we were, landed on the Wheel and trying to get our passenger the information she needed. Acel' Rahi is her name and I am certain she is a jedi. My first mate/pilot Negus is not so sure, but I rely on his judgment. That being said, we needed fuel and provisions. Sebe and Snake went to get the provisions while Negus and I decided to go and get some fuel and have a few drinks at the cantina. The "Blasted Asteroid" is a good place and we knew the bartenders personally.
So off we went to get the fuel, wow, what a few months away can do to a place. The Shutta tried to rip us off. Well I let Negus talk nice to the man and we ended up saving a load of cash, so it was off to the bar. It was not too badly crowded so we took a table off to the side in good view of the holonet and had some drinks while the rest of the crew went out to do their thing.
Acel went to Farlander's outfitters looking to acquire some information and maybe a droid, but mostly she was looking for time to come up with a plan. General Farlander (the new proprietor of the place was pretty much a fraud) had the place in a total mess. but hey who cares right? it IS a thrift store after all. Well Acel wandered about until a suave (or so he believed) Devaronian oozed up to pick her up. Of course he put the moves on in a completely obvious way. Acel is very attractive and knows it, but has little time to suffer fools gladly. But he did imply he knew where she needed to be. So off she went. walking down the hall with this guy made her skin crawl but it was an means to an end.
Of course it would not end well for the devaronian, he of course a bounty hunter and was convinced she was worth a credit or so, he had his partner, a gand named Taff waiting in a darker hallway to spring an ambush. Well that was a bad move as some quick lightsaber work disarmed the devaronian and she was able to slip the gand fast. She ran down the corridor and set the lift to go before ducking into the shadows. The angry bounty hunters rushed after but saw only the lift and realized their quarry got away. Cursing they went to find another lift. Acel moved on.
At the provisions shop (dry goods and frozen) Snake and Sebe caused a bit of a stir trying to negotiate with a somewhat rotund (read obese) Trandoshan merchant. It started with a bad deal bargained in a off the cuff manner, and degenerated from there. It started to get ugly with chorito chips being tossed back and forth in cheesy powdered mess. well as that mess went down, a stranger had arrived from off station and was wandering his way about. He overheard the fiasco, which coincidentally Negus had blundered into. Negus seeing the mess had to intervene. He did so in a creepy manner by sneaking up on the Trandoshan and making him a good offer. It ended up saving the crew 150 credits (minus the cost of a bag of chips) as Negus walked out, he noticed that the newcomer was carrying a lightsaber.
So what else could he do but slip a business card in his pocket and hope for the best. He did so using the old pickpocket move of bump, brush and go. Well the stranger after a short walk from the point searched to see if he was robbed and found the card instead. "Negus and Cole owners and proprietors of the Tiderunner, need transport, just call"..so he decided to check the arrival and departures and figured out where the Tiderunner was docked. While on the system he figured he might as well check the bounty board. And of course he was on it. So getting out off the station seemed a good idea, especially since a clan of rodian bounty hunters had a base here.
Enroute to the ship, he ran across Captain Karth in a compromising situation (he had again angered what was once again an ex girlfriend and was attempting to escape) a quick assist and some involvement with law enforcement and Karth led the newcomer, named Morgan to the Tiderunner. With the need for supplies still, the crew had some time. By inconvenient coincidence the Yiyaar Clan (the aforementioned bounty hunters) had their setup right in the next hanger. Well that left some problems.
Acel had been successful in meeting her contact at ISOTECH and received the information regarding the droid she sought. And so she headed back to her ship and crew. With fuel and provisions arranged it was a simple matter to get out as fast as possible. BUT fate would not be so kind, be it the will of the force or just odd luck, Morgan and Snake decided to have a few drinks to cool off, while Cole got the ship ready. In the "Blasted Asteroid" Morgan encountered the irate ex once again while Snake was hitting it off with the barmaid, unfortunately they did not realize that the place was filling up with all manner of scum and villainy. This became troublesome, while Morgan and Snake were making good time, Negus realized that things could quickly get sketchy and decided to get his folks out of there.
But first a quick run to Quiggle's Eatery for some good salsa. After all what could go wrong with his drunken shipmates trying to get some affection in a bar full of people out to get them?? Turns out a lot could go wrong, particularly when Morgan, feeling good and buzzed decided to pull the pin on a bounty hunter's grenade belt and call out "Bounty hunters suck!" and ran. Well the bounty hunter was not keen on being blown up and tossed the grenade in panic. This caused some collateral damage. Now by this time there were next to no regular folks in the cantina, almost all were well armed bounty hunters so the grenade led to a massive firefight.
Negus realized fast that he had to do something so out came the "Burninator" and the big guns barked. Snake pulled out his disruptor and things got real, really fast. The gunfight was short and sharp and it all ended with the "Tiderunner" making a fast getaway with a Yiyaar clan hostage and a Muun banker as a rescue. The Muun was very interested in self preservation and hired the crew of the "Tiderunner" to keep him safe in the grand chaos that ensued. Well needless to say the Yiyaar sent ships out to chase the "Tiderunner" which was in no mood to be caught.
Shots were fired and some words exchanged but ultimately the "Tiderunner" made the jump to hyperspace with no real location plugged in. This led them right into an asteroid field. Fortunately they did not hit anything and the hungover/drunk crewmen manned the guns while Negus and Cole did their best to not get hit. After a while of getting pounded by space debris they decided to land on the largest of the asteroids. This one had an atmosphere trapped by shield generators and had vegetation and fresh water. There was power being produced and the asteroid was certainly someone's home. No one had a clue as to whose it was though.
After deploying Sebe and his lava flea to investigate they set down to wait. Sebe of course found that the vegetation was an edible fungus that carpeted the ground and began to investigate strange metal protrusions, of course that led to an encounter with a rancor that Morgan was sure came from Dathomir. A few shots from the ships guns encouraged the rancor to hunt elsewhere. Sebe thought it best to run as fast as he could back to the ship.
The shots drew the attention of a viper class probe droid. Morgan took the shot and ended its snooping but that only made the crew more jittery. Negus took to negotiating a settlement with the crews captive. It turned out to be somewhat profitable but the best that they could get. So that being said, the "Tiderunner" returned to the Wheel for a dropoff. For the first time in a while, it went without incident and the passengers were left off. The crew now richer proceeded to Raxus Prime.
The trip through the junkyard planet was difficult and perilous but it was ultimately successful. Sebe was deployed again to recon things and the crew landed under guard. The ISOTECH compound was delved deep under the trash of Raxus and on the shores of a toxic lake. The crew was stuck dealing with the ISOTECH guards who would not let them off the "Tiderunner" and seemed determined to keep them as much in the dark as possible. The leader of the ISOTECH base was sent to negotiate the deal with the crew. Sebe discovered a good layout of their base and worse. The ISOTECH HQ was a carefully buried CR-90 corvette. Fully operational. Morgan began mapping out the defenses and realized this was a bad spot.
Negus and Acel negotiated the sale of the crew's ASP-7 loader droid and began haggling over the ISOTECH demand that the crew "resolve" their issue with the local jawa clans. Morally opposed to massacre, the crew balked at the request and began serious negotiations. When Negus showed off the "Burninator" however the ISOTECH chief was determined to see it in action so with overwatch from Sebe, the crew was blindfolded and led out to the ISOTECH field site. Once their the crew decided to display their skills and pulled a fast one on the ISOTECH team. Negus took out one of the Uggernaught walkers, while Snake opened up on thier GNK series power droids. Acel and Morgan took on and destroyed the Chameleon droid on overwatch with their lightsabers, with Morgan following on to take over the second Uggernaught. He rode the Uggernaught to the rescue of Sebe whom had managed to get himself half buried in trash in a failed attempt to take out the CR-90's tractor beam.
Well the gunfight at the ISOTECH site ended with the crew taking the chief captive. A carefully worded bargain led to not only a cease in hostilities, but further work for the "Tiderunner" and shore leave for the crew. As the night ended the crew had a chance to make enough credits for the mission to Ilum and with the droid in hand, Acel took it back to the ship to go through its memory. After careful examination Acel discovered that it was an old T-7 droid recased in a R-2 series astromech case. She discovered that the droid did in fact have the detailed route to get to Ilum as well as the location of several temples.