If you read the last installments you may remember the fine, if rather bloodthirsty, group of rag tag heroes were in the back room of a sleazy bar about to be busted by the Oligarch's security force.
After locking the electric door Mat sent his rather to friendly droid out to see what was lurking in the back alley. A security air speeder and a few private land speeders were all that the droid could see and transmit back.
With blaster shots taking out the electronic lock the group decided, for once, to leave without a shoot out and nick a couple of speeders. Job done they communicated with B'an and a meeting place was arranged for a few hours time. Wanting to hide around until time they found an empty wharehouse and then figured it was quicker and less obvious to go to the meeting venue on foot. The only thing was how to hide an 8 foot Wookiee - answer was obvious, in a burka!
A walk in the park, or at least to the Spyder Club, led to be uneventful apart from a local security agent taking far to much of a shine to the burka'd Wookiee. Thankfully, for him one suspects, a good roll with advantages saw him let them pass without a revealing Stuart Hall fondle.
Meeting -check, ride out to mines- check. The group arrived at the rarher desperate looking 'New Meena' mines shortly after. Not exactly how it had been portrayed but the shanty like town inhabitants were pleased to see the group especially once B'an had announced they were here to help.
Turns out that the Tw'leks were basically being muscled out and intimidated by a group of thugs led by an unknown human called Dromb.
It took little persuasion for the group to decide that a ruck was in order. Pash, the human smooth talking smuggler, decided to head straight over to try and get an inside job. Taking off in the speeder to the cantina in the thugs quickly built but fairly impressive compound he dropped the female and bounty hunting droid off for a bit of a stealthy snoop around.
The cantina was hardly the most welcoming of places - going silent as he walked in- but the barman, never one to turn down a credit, pointed out a human called Dwebb to talk to for a job.
Meanwhile the stealth operation was going rather like a farce as the droid bumbled about in the dark. Luckily it seemed most of the thugs seemed to have two states of being. At work and in the cantina... And it wasn't work hours. But figuring they needed to go nearer the pair snuck up to a building, rounding a corner to meet one of the thugs relieving himself of a quantity of Tatooine's finest brew Starmeister Light - who was the most startled, who knows but as the pair ducked back they heard,
"V'ctor, come here mate we seem to have a couple of them there horned creatures snooping round. Let's have some fun now and maybe get us a piece of action... Now blue boy, prepare to squeal like a Gammorian..."
But as he rounded the corner with Vic in tow a stealthy lob of a rock sent them in the wrong direction in the search of, well whatever they were in search of. I need not bore the reader with the events that followed but the two thugs were hogtied and took into the surrounding rocky area and dispatched. The pair then took to getting information out of the site office they found, managing to avoid setting off any alarms.
In the cantina Pash, if you remember was trying to get to talk to the foreman who while not exactly forthcoming did think he new a sure thing (read sucker) when he saw one and got Pash into agreeing to play Sabbacc with them. Now it must be said that Pash had every intention of losing and hopefully getting into favour that way. But it seemed the Force was too strong in his tiles that day and no matter how he tried to lose he couldn't. In fact when it got to the embarrassing stage Dweeb even started cheating (which Pash noticed but ignored) and still lost; in fact due to a despair roll he lost very badly. They now just presumed Pash was cheating even better than they were and as one minion slid across and locked the door while another two reached around the bar for the Emperors Premier League standard baseball bats Pash was left wishing he had bought his com set and hidden weapons with him.
Meanwhile back in the Office the pair, after extracting all the info they could decided that the Twi'Leks deserved some revenge and torched the office. In a fortuitous act of timing the alarm sounded just as the first thug was lining up a home run with Pash's head... Dweeb yelled for a couple of them to keep an eye on Pash while the rest went to investigate. The hiding pair by this time had decided now was as good a time as any to take the thugs out, they com linked the rest of the group to, "Get down here quick..." and started shooting. Highlights of the ensuing fracas were, the Bounty Hunter droid managing to rush into short range and then stand there firing while boulders (read cover) abounded, most of the minions dying like the gooks they were and Pash's rather well aimed frag grenade...
As the group were hunting down the final thug who had legged it due to lack of moral and physical support (he could see no mates who were not bleeding or in the case of the three the Wookiee had reached, were in less than three pieces) they heard a swoop bike fire up and start moving away (the doppler effect in full force). Three of our heroes dived into the speeder and gave chase. Suitable tooing and froing was involved until Vex took the swoop bike out after taking the stabilising wings down. Although Angu gave a good account of himself he was taken out by stun, cable tied and then taken back for interrogation. In fact a slight take on water boarding using tequila soon took his will power down although it became obvious that he was babbling on about stuff the group had no knowledge of... But it was all stored on a holo-pad for further play through.
The Twi'leks were let lose on the camp and after a bit of frivolity, agreement on a monthly donation from the mine profits to the group, and general 'good blokiness' our gang took a speader back to Nabat...
While the Twi'leks continue to drain the cantina and celebrate their new acquisitions the party say their goodbyes, take some of the 'instacure' pills and head leisurely back to Nabat.
Once there codes are swapped and the group ate led into the back room at a Wampa Burger drive through where they meet the female Twi'Lek Nyn.
After passing them the 'contract' and encrypted credit chip that will be updated monthly with the percentage profit from the mine she leans in and says there is someone who would like to meet them. Sitting, hooded, in a corner is a short but stout Bothan. He looks to them with wide, intelligent looking eyes, nods a greeting and beckons the group over.
"Greetings, I am named Ota, I have heard and seen a great deal about you my friends - not in the least this..." He pulls out a holo pad projector, runs an encryption chip over it and sets it to play. A number of the party recognise it as the encrypted holo channel used by bounty hunters. The hologram shows a familiar sight. The krayt fang - the holo slows as a group walks towards it. Individual cut ins zoom the faces of the group into the foreground - the same real faces look around at each other and then back to the screen as 'Temmo' announces the 50.000 credit reward for the group... Dead, 80.000 alive. The bounty is announced in various languages.
"Gentlefolk, I thought it prudent to show you that before I put forward my proposal. One that I feel will be beneficial to us all..."
But you dear reader, like our heroes, will have to wait to see what it is.