Star Wars: Flying Casual

Squid's Place

After waiting on their ship in the hangar for the stormtroopers to all leave, the crew of the Embar finally headed out to the streets after nightfall. Captain Ryku and the ship's droid, 4Q2, stayed behind to finish up some last-minute calibrations on the ship.

While Charl was eager to check out the Malcraan Craft and Gift shop, the other crew members believed they'd find more information on the Alderaan miner at the local cantina. This led them to Squid's Place, one of the best cantinas on Molavar. Inside the cantina it was dark and smoky. Lights on the tables, booths, and the bar provided only scant illumination. Several patrons milled about, and a Sullustan bartender worked behind the bar, cleaning glasses with a dirty rag. The stage near the back of the bar was curtained off with a ragged cloth — apparently this cantina sometimes hosts a live band, but not today. Instead, tinny music was piped into the dive through ancient and raspy speakers set at intervals around the ceiling. A very well used jukebox sat in one corner, broken so that it only played the same song over and over. Tyron, Neo, and Shakka’teksa headed right to the bar.

Meanwhile, at the Malcraan Craft and Gift shop, Charl was greeted by the Ithorian proprietor, Jerru. The pilot introduced himself, causing Jerru to get very excited and curious, asking many questions about Charl's homeworld. The two greenthumbs conversed for a while about all things plant-related. Charl took a box of newly-traded seeds back to the ship, where he got the captain and they both went to the cantina to meet up with the others.

At Squid's Place, three waitresses (actually slaves, as evidenced by their collars) wandered among the tables serving traditional mixed drinks such as Double-Dip Outer Rim Rumdrop, Fizzbrew, Lum, and the gambler’s favorite, Retsa; they also served the illegal Nectarwine when asked. Both Tyron and Neo partook of the Lum and Fizzbrew.

The Sullustan bartender was very friendly and helpful. He shared a few rumors involving the possibility of a Jedi being in the city somewhere, some miners claiming to have found the Royal Palace, and word that a customs officer had been arrested for treason this morning.

Leaning against the bar at the very back of the cantina was a human woman with brown hair tied back into a long braid. She wore green Mandalorian armor and a heavy blaster pistol at her hip. She kept looking from her drink, back to the bar, then to the cantina entrance. Shakka’teksa attempted to hit on her, but was curtly turned down.

In one booth the crew spotted a Rodian sitting by himself, eyeing the young Twi'lek. Shakka’teksa talked with him, learning that he was in the market to buy sex slaves.

And lounging in a corner booth next to the bar was a tall, pale Twi’lek male; six human females wooed over him as they all drank and laughed together.

Two smugglers at the bar introduced themselves as Cassus and Ingo, offering to buy the crew drinks in exchange for company and stories. After asking about Zaz Kamiroz the Alderaan miner, the crew was directed to the owner of the cantina, a local crime lord. The tall, pale Twi’lek was known as Sridcovok “the Squid.” The crew noticed him again, in a booth by the bar surrounded by half a dozen female barflies.

Then a tall, human woman with blonde hair approached their table. She claimed to be Sridcovok's wife, and she offered to take the crew to the miner, who was being held in the basement below the bar. The crew happily obliged. Along the way, she explained that the miner, Kamiroz, has important information that he said he’d only share with the Princess, but Sridcovok’s interrogators beat the info out of him. When Sridcovok discovered that others were looking for the miner, including a number of salvagers and bounty hunters and even an Inquisitor Lord, he locked Kamiroz up for safekeeping. Sridcovok hopes to bargain with all the different interested parties so he can get the best deal for his hostage.

Unfortunately for him, Sridcovok’s wife led the crew of the Embar downstairs into the cantina’s basement, which featured a different sort of entertainment that catered more to visiting spacers than locals: gambling and spice. Dozens of customers lounged down there amid a heavy fog of spice. Beyond the spice den was another room wherein a pair of Gamorreans snorted and squealed at the banger race on the holovid. They both hauled themselves to their feet to challenge the newcomers. Shakka’teksa convinced them to let her have a peek into the next room, which indeed held the miner.

A brawl ensued. Tyron Corso gave one of the Gamorreans a one-two punch that left the porcine guard unconscious. The other Gamorrean took a beating from Neo and Shakka’teksa before Ingo just shot him. At the sound of gunfire, the denizens of the spice den panicked. Captain Ryku reassured them, but one guy foolishly shot his blaster, too. More panic followed.

Pretty soon, Sridcovok the Squid showed up with his goons. Ryku unleashed his sonic blaster that took most of them out right away. As the other goons filed into the room, Tyron and Neo shot them down. Shakka’teksa freed Kamiroz. Meanwhile Charl wrestled with a frenzied spicehead woman.

The crew managed to get Kamiroz upstairs to the street… where a bounty hunter in Mandalorian armor awaited them. She demanded they hand over the miner, threatening them with a stun grenade. Shakka’teksa catcalled at her, which infuriated her enough to draw her pistol and fire at the Twi'lek. Ryku closed the distance and shot at her. Tyron fired his rifle, too, but managed to only graze her armor. Neo's blaster shots knocked her down, stunning her.

A nearby squad of stormtroopers heard the commotion and rushed in to check it out. Ryku convinced them that his crew were but innocent bystanders who'd been attacked by the bounty hunter. As the stormtroopers moved to apprehend her, the bounty hunter used her jetpack to escape.

The crew, along with Cassus and Ingo, made their way back to the hangar. But then they fought over who's ship they would take Kamiroz on. Eventually Ryku and Cassus challenged each other to a good old fashioned duel. Ryku shot first, ruining his opponent's weapon with his blaster-buster gun. Cassus and his crew fled to their ship.

Charl had the Embar running and ready to go. Ryku, Tyron, Neo, Shakka’teksa, and Zaz Kamiroz boarded and blasted off.

Arrival at Molavar

The crew of the Embar had been spending the last few days in the Ithorian herd ship, Bazaar, hiding out from some bounty hunters — who were seeking to “collect” on the overdue debt Captain Ryku Niros hadn’t paid off on his ship — and trying to find some work transporting (or smuggling) cargo.

Business started looking up earlier today, when the crew was contacted by an old man named Dorn who was willing to pay 5,000 credits to find a Rebel sympathizer named Zaz Kamiroz on the planet Molavar and deliver the man to his contact on Salliche — a retired general called Locus Geen.

Molavar is a backwater, desert world in the Outer Rim Territories, with a number of seedy spaceports and low-income moisture farms.

The crew's astrogator, Charl, knew the Abrion sector pretty well, and the routes to Salliche, so the job seemed like a cinch. Sure, the crew sort of suspected this guy was working for the Rebel Alliance, but as long as they got paid in the end, they didn’t mind working for the Rebels this one time. So they decided to take the job.

Emerging from hyperspace, the Embar descended upon Molavar, the desert world. Its endless sea of sand blindingly reflected the light of both suns through the ship’s forward viewport.

A quick scan of surrounding space revealed a few other ships in orbit around the planet, waiting for landing clearance. While many of the ships were armed, none appeared to be Imperial. Malcraan space traffic controllers asked the crew for their ship registration code, previous port, and purpose of visit before granting permission to land. Ryku's reasonable answer was accepted; Molavar isn’t choosy about its visitors. The PCs’ craft was directed toward Docking Bay 94.

After their ship landed, a customs officer approached. Ryku's show of respect was not lost on the customs officer, whom he invited inside for a sandwich. It cost 20 credits per day for a landing permit; the captain paid for one day. While the customs officer had never heard of Kamiroz, he did hear rumors about the two miners who recently arrived on Molavar claiming to have found the Royal Palace in the ruins of Alderaan.

The evening rush was underway as the crew exited the docking bay. Humans, numerous droid models, and aliens of every description moved through the crowded hangar. The pace was hurried for such a backwater world, and not even the blistering heat of the twin suns — just now lowering in the sky — could slow it down. Landspeeders roared by, uncomfortably close in these narrow walkways, and swarms of small, rancid smelling Jawas in hooded robes jostled past.

Meanwhile, Neo, who had been keeping his head low here on Molavar for quite some time, recently heard of a miner from the Alderaan asteroid field named Zaz Kamiroz who had information on the fate of the Royal Palace, and insisted on gaining an audience with the Princess. Rumors claimed that fabulous treasure, including Jedi artifacts, might be buried down there in the ruins of Alderaan. Neo suspected that Saul might also be interested in these artifacts, and there was a big chance he’d run into his old crush, Shira Elan Colla Brie, there as well.

Kamiroz was supposed to meet Neo in the spaceport hangar tonight, but the miner never showed up. While Neo waited, Ryku and his crew arrived on planet. Shakka’teksa recognized Neo right away and ran out to greet him. After they got reacquainted, he explained what he knew about this miner he was supposed to meet here tonight. Since the miner didn’t show, Neo worried that something bad happened — perhaps the Imperials got to him first.

Suddenly, a fire team of Imperial stormtroopers burst into the hangar. One of them pointed right at Neo and said, "There he is. You're under arrest!"

The crew managed to dispatch three of the four stormtroopers. One got away, and they knew it was only a matter of time before backup arrived. Ryku and Tyron rushed over to the customs officer and, through persuasion, bribery, and intimidation, convinced him to tell the incoming stormtroopers that there’s no Jedi here, that the original fire team attacked a random bunch of spacers who fought back and escaped. Then they laid low inside their ship until the stormtroopers all left again.

A close call, and their mission to find the Alderaan miner had only just begun…


Spacers call it the Graveyard. It is an
asteroid field, the shattered remains of the
once-great planet called Alderaan. It had been
a paradise, a planet where peace was the rule and
violence was unheard of. Then the EVIL GALACTIC
EMPIRE came, with its terrible Death Star
battlestation. Alderaan became an example for the rest
of the galaxy. It was obliterated as a warning to the
growing Rebellion and all who would support it.

But that was not the last the galaxy heard of Alderaan.
Rumors fill the idle gossip of spacers and free-traders in ports
and cantinas from the Outer Rim to the Core Worlds, tales of
strange happenings in the Graveyard.

The wildest tale yet has just surfaced, a story claiming that fabulous treasure, Jedi artifacts, or perhaps even  the Royal Palace itself has been found mostly intact among the shattered ruins of the planet. It is a story that has attracted much attention, including the Rebel Alliance, the Galactic Empire, and the galactic underworld. But the truth that haunts the Graveyard could turn the tide of battle in the Galactic Civil War…


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