Star Wars: Confederacy Era

Episode III: The Dead World

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After the events of Tondatha Station and the death of their crewmate Kabe, the group travel to the Dead World of Anx Minor but find a group of pirates in orbit around the world with the same idea..

The Distant Star appears out of hyperspace to discover pirates heading toward a disabled cargo hauler in orbit around the planet but the pirates – assuming the group are there to steal their haul and unaware they want to get to the planet – decide to attack. Using the ships’ droids to give them covering fire Hylo, Hugh, Ni’lani and Pike launch their star fighters in an attempt to break the pirate group up. During the firefight Pike recognizes the symbol of the Pirate group “ The Darkstar Pirates”, a notorious Badlands gang of brigands championed by exiled Gesk. Pike is able to warn the group that one or more stealthed ships may be present, and sure enough one does attack but the group are able to destroy the vast majority of the pirates and the rest flee.

Briefly checking over the cargo hauler they find nothing of value and the crew dead due to exposure to the vacuum of space.

After the confrontation with the Pirates, the players are glad to find they have no further conflicts landing on the planet. The world is eerily quiet, like one massive graveyard with nothing but the sound of the occasional dust-storm blowing through the abandoned streets or the low rumble of thunder from the dark storms on the horizon. As far as the eye can see there is no vegetation, only the cold durasteel of buildings and barren soil. No animals fly through the sky, no voices can be heard. There seems to be a constant storm on the horizon, black and looming.
Anx Minor was quite a well known world before The Contagion and a simple check on the Holo-Net pulls up information on the planet’s main Capital City: Gravelixis.
Upon setting down on the planet, Ni’lani senses a disturbance in The Force.

After some exploring, the group hear something in the distance and although they ready themselves for battle, they are instead greeted by a chirpy custom-build ConFed Diplomacy droid who is more than happy to take them to the nearest public access terminal and spends a lot of its time apologizing for the fact it cannot provide any refreshments.
Upon talking to the droid the group discover that two other visitors also arrived a couple of hours ago and asked the droid where to find ‘Vault 208’. The droid noted that although it was unable to see the visitors’ faces, it assumes from the sounds of their voices that one was male and the other female; they were speaking Galactic Basic.
The droid was able to aid them in finding their destination however, and points the group in the same direction – towards Vault 208.

Using the droids instructions and a little investigation on a public access terminal the group discover the route to Vault 208 is not a complex one, but it is a good distance away. After some discussion they decide to confiscate one of the abandoned landspeeders (wiping off the dust and repairing/modding parts as needed) and head to the vault.

Upon arriving at the Grevelixis Central Vaults, a large grandiose building with impressive gilded exterior in a baroque style, the group are almost immediately set upon by what at first seem to be security droids, but some in the group with the applicable knowledge recognized their programming has been altered. The droids do not back down and fight until they are destroyed.

Once inside the vault the group find much of it overturned or damaged, with many of the vaults opened and ransacked. Someone has been there recently by the marks in the dust, and Ni’lani senses another disturbance in the Force.

Heading into a large central chamber the group see some lights on way above them, and a huge drop beneath them. A service lift is to their left, and a set of metal rungs cling to the right-hand wall used for maintenance purposes.
According to map Zell gave them Vault 208 is two floors above them.
When they get up there they find an attractive but eerie looking Human woman trying to break into the vault accompanied by the Ubese they met on Gandolo IV, Savax. He is just finishing inputting something into a terminal as the group approach.

The woman’s name turns out to be Hexxer Kai and she makes no secret of the fact she is a Force User, specifically a Nightsider of Dathomir. Ni’lani recognizes the name of the Force Tradition which was heavily steeped in the Dark Side of the Force, last heard of around 20 ABY. She is alone in this realisation however, as none of the rest of the group are schooled in ancient Force Traditions.
According to Hexxer the “relic” they are after belongs to the Nightsisters and is called a Talisman of The Raven.
Ni’lani attempts to reason with Hexxer, pointing out that Force Users need to work together to avoid persecution, but Hexxer is too obsessed and instead, she attacks.

At the same time Savax mentions that the program he has set running is set to destroy the building and if they fight them they wont have time to deactivate it because the “deactivation console is down the other end of the atrium and ’guarded’”

With little options available to them, the group split up to stop them.

Ni’lani and Hylo engage the two combatants directly, while Hugh and Pike head for the deactivation console.

Hexxer zeroes on Ni’lani, attacking with a red-bladed lightsaber and forcing the Togruta to defend herself with her Rakatan Lightfoil. Hylo and Savax engage in a savage exchange of blaster fire though Hylo has military training on his side, Savax has the advantage of cover.

Meanwhile Pike and Hugh run for the other side of the atrium and find that Savax was right, the console is guarded: by two Aggressor Droids. Pike engages them in combat, keeping them off of Hugh long enough for him to begin a bypass of the console.

In a long and cinematic battle Ni’lani is able to defeat Hexxer, killing her in single combat, but Savax – though gravely wounded – is able to escape through a skylight onto the floor above and avoid Hylo. Pike defeats the two droids he was set up against, managing to avoid major injury despite the overwhelming firepower of the droids, and Hugh manages to disable the self-destruct protocols mere seconds before the building comes down around their heads.

Unsure exactly what is it they have acquired in the ‘Talisman of the Raven’, the group head back up to the surface in hopes of reaching Zell by Hyperspace Communicator.

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