Star Wars: KotOR - Precursor to War

When Things Couldn't Get Any Worse

Heading towards Thaigo’s shop, Dey Hauk and Salubricon found themselves being followed by a tall robed figure. They ducked into either side of an alley and saw the person stop looking around for them. Dey Hauk snuck up behind him and recognized him as Calus Lieb from the others’ description of him. Calus told them he had a message from them and handed over a holocron. Dey Hauk looked at it and recognized it wasn’t the Sith holocron that was supposed to be in the auction, but rather a Jedi holocron. He asked Calus what gave, but Calus said that his employer was having difficulties procuring it at the moment, and that’s all he knew. He also handed Dey Hauk a datachip with instructions on how Dey Hauk could contact Thaigo.

Dey Hauk and Salubricon decided to head to the ship, and as they headed there they found a message being broadcast over the city’s broadcast system. Krogar Kalvin was introduced as the new Prime Minister of Yaglu. He showed footage of the group breaking into his factory, though only Dey Hauk was recognizable in the image, and blamed Dey Hauk as both a Jedi and an agent of the Republic for trying to sabotage Yaglu’s industrial and defensive infrastructure. He also announced that upon his appointment as Prime Minister he had arranged for six dreadnaughts to be puchased for Yaglu’s Planetary Defense Force. He further announced his forming of a mutual defense alliance with Taigon. He then introduced Thaigo as his 2nd Minister.

Dey Hauk and Salubricon continued to the ship, while listening to the broadcast. Bee-Gee and Serath Ann were listening aboard their ship, and tried hailing them over the comlink, only to find it was jammed. Dey Hauk and Salubricon snuck through the Dock Authorities Security and made back aboard. Serath called the Docking Authority to see if their departure clearance had been processed, and decided to leave instead of wait for it to be granted. They made their way to orbit where they found three of the new dreadnaughts between them and the edge of the gravity well. The dreadnaughts launched fighters and began firing upon the Ghtroc Cruiser 720 .

Salubricon poured as much power into the engines as he could while Bee-Gee took to the weapon controls. They cleared the dreadnaughts only to find a half dozen Mandalorian Cruisers dropping out of hyperspace in front of them and launching fighters. Desparate to avoid being caught between the two fleets Salubricon turned back towards the dreadnaughts to give Serath time to perform the hyperspace calculations. Serath noticed that the “Mandalorian Cruisers” didn’t seem to be as heavily armed as those that had attacked Kahlus.

The Mandalorian Cruisers were being quickly disabled by the dreadnaughts and some of the fighters were turning back towards the Ghtroc Cruiser 720 as well as some planetary defense fighters launched from the surface. They also began taking heavy damage as turbolaser batteries from the dreadnaughts were also directed back at them. Serath triggered the jump to hyperspace before the calculations were completed and they escaped.

They dropped out of hyperspace a few hours later around Kahlus where they saw a Mandalorian Cruiser at the edge of their sensor range. They also managed to make out that the capital city was still largely intact, despite the destruction of the docking rings. Fearing being tracked, they jumped back to the outer edge of Yaglu’s solar system, to Taigon, and then to Ord Taneer.

They landed at the Republic Outpost where they got some technicians to sweep the Ghtroc Cruiser 720 for tracking devices or bugs. They also set about purchasing light laser turrets. During the shopping, Serath ran into an old friend of hers, Craig Killian who she’d worked with when prospecting. She found out he’d been working as a scout and otherwise tried to avoid conversation to avoid drawing attention to her recent activities. She and Solubircan got the laser cannons which they began setting up on the top and bottom of the ship. Dey Hauk also used some of his credits to purchase some heavier shields for the ship.

Master Vandar arrived landing in a small republic cruiser, similar in make to the correllian corvette. He asked Dey Hauk about the news he’d been hearing about them destroying factories and attacking cities. Dey Hauk told Master Vandar that they were constantly being set up as they set about trying to undermine Krogar. Master Vandar suggested that with Krogar’s fast rises to power on both Taigon and Yaglu that Dey Hauk might do well to find those who might be resistant to his leadership. He also asked how Dey Hauk’s retrieval of the holocrons was going. Dey Hauk showed him the one he’d received and Master Vandar suggested Dey Hauk hold onto it to continue his own training in the force. With a warning to be mindful of the dark side, and a warning from the Jedi Council to avoid conflict with the Mandalorians, Master Vandar left.

Har’air’al approached Dey Hauk asking what he was intending to do. Dey Hauk said he wanted to return to Taigon to build up a resistance against Krogar Kalvin. Har’air’al offered to continue with the ship in exchange for 100 credits a day. With the ship repaired and their upgrades complete the group took off, and jumped to Taigon. They landed in the mountains near Ketcheek, where Serath had lived on Taigon, and his the ship. Serath and Salubricon took one of the speeder bikes into Ketcheek where they stopped at a small pub she used to frequent run by Jelee. She spoke with him a little finding out that Krogar and the Taigon Planetary Defense Force (TPDF) had wrested control of the mines from Czerka Corp and lowered wages depressing the local economy. As she and Salubricon left Jelee suggested they try to find Elav Ghrout.

Serath led them to the Dancing Tails where her former roomate, Salis had worked. Salis approached them, seeming not to recognize them and gave Solubrican a lap dance, during which she slipped a datachip into his pocket. Serath noticed the chip, and slipped it out of the pocked and into her datapad, and noted the address and access code Salis had given them. She slipped the data chip back into Salubricon’s pocket. They stayed for a few more drinks and then headed to the indicated address. When Salubricon asked how she knew where they were going she told him to look in his pockets, where he found the datachip. The then made their way to the indicated address.


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