Star Wars: Pandora's Legacy

Episode Four
Empire Ascendant

Immobilizer interdictor cruiserHaving set a course for the secret rebel base at Hoth, the Second Chance was brutally yanked into real-space several minutes early, and within the midst of an Imperial invasion fleet. Without any warning they were surrounded by swarms of TIE-Fighters, and hemmed in on all sides by massive Star Destroyers. An Imperial Interdictor Cruiser was preventing them (and the Rebel forces of Hoth) from entering hyperspace to escape.

Without any other options the crew strapped into their battle stations and engaged the Cruiser, desperately hammering at it with concussion missiles while avoiding it’s own defensive quad-laser cannon batteries and fighting off the attention of incoming Imperial starfighters.

Ryla took the helm with her brother Spang acting as co-pilot. Marcus and Sinya manned the ship’s laser cannons, while Rhysh and Varssk did their best to allay the damage done by incoming fire.

398227 tie fighter squardron5At one point Sinya noticed a flaw in the Cruiser’s overlapping shield matrix, providing a perfect firing window for the Second Chance’s quad concussion missile launcher. The old gunship lived up to it’s original design and purpose as it hammered at the Cruiser again and again, fighting off TIE’s and destroying the nearby gun emplacements.

They were aided by the appearance of the Rebel X-Wing Rogue Squadron, led by Wedge Antilles. Thinking quickly, Rhysh used an old Rebel cypher to send a coded message to the fighters, stating their purpose in fulfilling Ph’ton’s mission. The X-Wing’s joined their effort, and under their combined and withering firepower the Cruiser lost it’s gravity well generators, and was forced to focus entirely on defense.

Xwing hero home swWasting no time, Commander Antilles beamed coordinates to the Rebel rendezvous to the Second Chance, and everyone escaped into Hyperspace. While in transit, Rhysh had a strange encounter where he overheard half of an apparent conversation between the Gatekeeper and Lylek, Sinya’s feline pet. The ship’s computer refused to offer any information (or even confirmation that a conversation took place), and attempts to elicit a response from the spukami failed. In waking across a control panel it brought up an astrogation map showing the apparent alternate destination of Danae Kuat, but showed no further interest in the proceedings.

When they emerged they were surrounded by the utter blackness of deep-space, with the galactic plane spread out below them, and the Rebel fleet within sensor range. They were broad on board a rebel frigate, and greeted warmly by Commander Antilles in the docking bay. He promptly took the crew to be interviewed by General Rieekan, the supreme commander at Hoth’s now-destroyed Echo Base.

The General was deeply grieved to hear of Ph’ton’s death, and acknowledged that he, personally, was the professor’s Rebel contact. With Hoth a total loss and the Rebel forces having suffered so thorough a defeat, however, he did not have the manpower or equipment to pursue the Pandora Fleet. None the less, he offered the astrogation data necessary to complete the equation, and further hinted that he could make good use of a team with the skills displayed by the Second Chance’s crew.

After a brief discussion amongst themselves, they determined to follow their lead on Danae, and the place where she supposedly though she could discover the fleet’s next appearance. First, however, the General generously offered to have their ship repaired and rearmed, and Commander Antilles returned to show them to the ship’s mess-hall for a long-overdue meal.

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Episode Three
Sins of the Father

E orbit 02En route to Ryloth V, the newly forged crew explored the ship they’d inherited from their parents, discovering numerous peculiarities. Rhysh managed to increase his access to the ship computer’s droid brain, which introduced itself to him as Gatekeeper. It became clear through discussion with Gatekeeper’s holographic avatar that it held a great deal of data they could not yet access. It did provide them some information on their next contact: a colleague of Professor Ph’ton’s named Vul Foahl.

Meanwhile the Second Chance arrived at Ryloth V, the smallest and farthest moon from the Twi’lek home world. Foahl’s operation turned out to be an abandoned Spice Refinery that had been re-purposed to provide illegal star-ship modifications. After a typical Givin exchange of equations, the shop was cleared to land in a mechanics bay. The crew made the acquaintance of Foahl, and provided the sad news of Ph’ton’s death.

Vul foahlFortunately the late Professor had already arranged payment for most of the modifications necessary to pursue the Pandora Fleet. In honor of the Bith’s memory, Foahl volunteered to make a gift of the rest. The crew split up so they could make arrangements for a memorial service, while Marcus and Ryla stayed in the canteen. Marcus caught sight of his father, Forsev, skulking in the corner. The latter, upon noticing his observer, wandered down one of the many abandoned corridor in the old facility.

When Marcus pursued, he was ambushed. This was not entirely unexpected, given Forsev’s proclivities, but what did come as a surprise was the fact that the man Marcus followed was not, in fact, his father, despite being almost identical in appearance, mannerism, and body language. Instead, it was the infamous bounty hunter, Boba Fett. Fett interrogated Marcus at blaster-point, and referred to the young man’s father as “Alpha-047”. He made no effort to explain the mystery, instead making a slow, careful retreat.

Boba fettOver the next day the Second Chance had both hardware and software upgrades so that it could conduct the necessary deep space scans. The crew had their memorial service for Professor Ph’ton, atomizing his remains in the Bith fashion. Towards the end there was a sudden commotion heralding the arrival of Tyber Zann, a crime lord recently escaped from Kessel. It soon became clear that the entire operation on Ryloth V was part of the infamous Zann Consortium.

Tyber zannBoba Fett reappeared, and presented Zann with a bounty: a Gran who had apparently sold out the crime lord to rival Hutts. The two retired to the canteen, only to be subsequently followed by Spang and Varssk. Fett seemed to be aware of Spang’s interest, and vanished to deliver a pointed message to the rest of the crew.

Without any other misadventures the Second Chance dusted off, and tested the new scanning equipment. After a brief discussion the crew decided to take the Pandora Equation to the Rebel Alliance as the late professor intended. After querying Gatekeeper, they set course for Hoth.

They were jolted out of Hyperspace several minutes early into the middle of the Imperial Fleet, its invasion of the Rebel stronghold already underway. The Battle of Hoth had begun.




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Episode Two
Revelations

Space station swgThe six adventurers have reached Waypoint station in three groups, each following the trail their parents left behind. Rhysh and Varssk discover that the suits rented by their parents years ago are rented out again. The rooms are registered to the name Mardossk, which Varssk recognizes as a name his father has used in illicit dealings.

There the pair meet Professor Ph’ton, who seems wary at first but greets Rhysh with great enthusiasm, having been a friend and colleague of Professor Wirrun. The three retire down to the cantina where they meet with Spang and Ryla, and are joined by Marcus and Sinya.

Ph tonThe gifted natural mathematician has been working on the Pandora Equation. This is an algorithm that tracks the path and timing of the Pandora Fleet’s auto-hyperspace jumps. The fleet’s navigation ship determines each jump after entering real space and conducting a three hour deep-scan of local space and surrounding star patterns. The computer systems then interpret the data, extrapolate galactic drift, and set a new Astrogation Course. It calculates a new jump based on prevailing conditions using a slow (x15) Hyperdrive. If the course is interrupted, the Fleet drops out of Hyperspace, conducts the same operation, and jumps again.

The only way to anticipate the jumps is to know the criteria by which courses are set (the Navicomputer Protocals), and to have an impossibly accurate read of twenty years worth of Astrogation data. If an actual sighting of the Fleet happens, an extremely accurate focused read of local space (Sensors with [Extreme] range) out to three light-hours can be conducted, and fed into an identical computer/program/process to produce the anticipated jump.

Due the myriad untraceable variables a vast tree of possible jumps can be calculated, and then measured against negative sightings, thus limiting the likely options. When compared with a timeline of actual possible sightings, the branching potential-jumps can be narrowed even further.

The Professor indicates that the Rebel plan was to use to the Pandora Equation to narrow the search through elimination, a process that could take months, even years. The “Last Generation” (a codename their parents seem to be using) decided to circumvent this process somehow. The Professor didn’t know the details, but it involved some secret known to Danae, and required them to leave behind their transport, the Second Chance.

Since they haven’t returned, Ph’ton assumes they were successful, went on to the Fleet, and will contact him anon. He tells the adventurers that he is to take the Equation to the Rebel Alliance so they can arrange the acquisition. But first he needs to replicate the precise instrumentation and computer system used on board the Pandora Flagship, so that the courses can be accurately predicted.

Before he can expound further, several squads of Stormtroopers burst into the cantina, apparently after the Professor. Sinya attempts to reason with the soldiers, but it is swiftly discovered that her actions on Tatooine didn’t go unnoticed, and she is wanted as well. A running firefight results, with Rhysh grabbing the frail professor and making for Hanger 89, where the Second Chance is docked. the rest of the group covers his retreat, blasting several of the stormtroopers. Rhysh, Varssk, and Marcus are all grievously wounded in the firefight, and the Professor and his Wookie protector are hit by a frag grenade. While Rhysh’s wookie physique helps him withstand the damage, Ph’ton is mortally wounded.

Second chance 2The group make it into the hanger, and into the ship, where the ship’s computer demands they identify themselves. They do, stating their names and the names of their parents, which is apparently sufficient. The ship gets underway, and escapes the station and the Imperial Dreadnaught waiting above.

In the aftermath the crew gather together in the ship’s common area, and learns of their destination: the fifth moon of Ryloth. The computer also identifies the datapad left for Spang by his mother. The young doctor unlocks the pad, and its message is revealed through the ship’s holo-terminal.

When the image loads, it shows a recent vid of Danae, with her husband Raith standing supportively behind her. Both look uncomfortable, as though they are about to discuss something very unpleasant.

Danae speaks first.

“Spang, if you’re watching this, you unlocked the data pad. You can’t know how long we agonized over deciding to keep this from you, but in the end we had to do what would keep you and your sister safe.” She takes a deep breath, her face clouding over. “This is so hard. We love you so much. We both love you so much. But you need to know in order to protect yourself when we are gone.”

Danae takes a deep breath. Raith takes her hand and squeezes it. He nods to her once, urging her on.

“Your name isn’t Spang Kuat. You were born Bail Antilles the Second. Your grandfather was Bail Antilles, the son of the last Antilles Viceroy before the Throne passed to the House of Organa. Your aunt Breha married Bail Organa and became Queen. And your father was Raymus Antilles, as brave and loyal a son as Alderaan ever produced. He helped smuggle me off of Alderaan when the Empire came, and we fell in love. But duty called him back to Alderaan, and he knew I couldn’t come with him. We parted ways, but not before he secretly recognized you as his heir.”

“That first year was difficult,” she says, her bleak expression belying the understatement. “I was lost, and alone. That’s when I met Raith. He took us in, raised you as his own. We were married, and had Ryla. I never told you because I feared what you would do. What if you wanted to meet Raymus? What if you returned to Alderaan? You weren’t ready for the dangers waiting there.”

Danae“So we kept it from you.” She begins to cry. “I’m so sorry, Spang.”

Raith pulls her into a tight hug, and turns to look into the camera. “Spang… you’re my son. Your mother and I raised you from a baby, and I love both you and your sister with all my heart. But it’s time you heard this. I know the perils of a powerful name. You’ve been cursed with two.”

He sighs audibly while Danae wipes at her eyes. “I knew Raymus. He was a good man. I see a lot of you in him, most mostly I see your mother.” His smile turns fond, paternal, before the seriousness of the matter sobers him again. “Raymus died on a mission a few days before Alderaan was destroyed. House Organa and House Antilles died with Alderaan. The only two scions of those houses survived: your cousin, Princess Leia Organa, and you. And while I won’t get into the maze of Alderaanian monarchal precedence, suffice it to say that you are first in line for the throne, and Leia is your heir.”

“You’re a Prince, Spang,” he says softly. Two emotions are clearly at war in his voice. The first is the pride a father feels at having his son raised high. The second is the weary dread of a man who knows what burdens that title will bring.

“The data pad you’re holding is my own design. It holds Raymus’ original documentation, as well as added affidavits. It, and a genetic scan are sufficient to establish your claim and identity. Keep it secret until you’re ready to use it. I doubt the Empire will be happy to know that a Prince of Alderaan survived.”

“Stay safe,” interrupts Danae, having recovered. “We’re going to secure your legacy, so you and your sister can raise your future children without fear of the Empire. But it’s dangerous, and there’s a chance we won’t come back. If we return, we’ll need your help. I’m sorry it took me so long to tell you the truth, Spang,” she says, tearing up again. “But you’re the last of the Antilles. If we want Alderaan to be reborn, it’ll need you.”

“Take care, son,” says Raith, nodding to his wife that they need to hurry. “Look after Ryla. I couldn’t send her a message for fear that it’d be intercepted. Let her know what’s going on, and tell her that we love you both.”

“Good by, Spang,” says Danae. And then, only barely moving her lips: “Hail Prince Bail Antilles, Second of that name.”

The recording ends.

The data-pad is filled with extensive legal documentation, including family histories, genealogies, and a testimonial given by Raymus naming Spang as his son and heir co-signed by his father, Prince Bail Antilles the First. The device has been ridiculously hardened against all manner of catastrophy. Raith clearly designed it with a mind to protecting the information from any accidental or purposeful attempt to wipe it.

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Episode One
Reunions

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On the Alderaanian colony moon of Wayward, Spang Kuat realizes his parents have vanished without warning. Using his father’s subspace computer terminal, Spang contacts his sister, Ryla, who he hadn’t seen in nearly five years. Now living under the false name Quellas, Ryla is a member of a the crew of the Ciroq, a smuggling vessel Captained by Devaronian scoundrel, Vilash Maxus. While Spang informed his sister of their parent’s disappearance, Captain Maxus agrees to take Ryla back home. When they investigate their parent’s home, they find a mysterious datapad with a note for Spang. It doesn’t take too long to discover that their parents left for Waypoint Space Station. Captain Maxus volunteers to take the siblings that far before his business forces him to resume his former course.

On the Hutt Syndicate Moon of Hod-Radaan, known more commonly as the Hive, the Wookie slicer Rhysh similarly realizes his mother is missing, taking easily barterable valuables, clothing, and her treasured Bowcaster. Rhysh contacts Varssk Attrador, the Trandoshan son of his mother’s old school friend, Lanklaa. Varssk’s parents are likewise missing under identical circumstances. It takes Rhysh little time to slice into the Hive’s porous spaceport databases and track down their parent’s destination: Waypoint. The pair arrange for transport in a spice freighter.

On brutal Tatooine, Marcus Aranar finds his parent’s compound empty. Tracking them to the spaceport settlement of Mos Espa, the young survivalist meets Shala’sinya at a Cantina, and the pair quickly discovers that their parents departed the planet together. Sinya extorts their parent’s flight-plan from a corrupt Imperial bureaucrat at blaster-point. Her allies in the anti-slavery movement are willing tot ake her as far as that destination: Waypoint.

When the six gather they instantly recognize one another from their meeting seven years earlier on the very same Space Station: as children they traveled with their with their parents, most of whom knew one another on Alderaan. While the elders closeted themselves away to discuss whether or not to join the infant Rebellion, the children were left to their own devices. They quickly started eavesdropping on their parents, but were distracted by a young Togruta who was crying because of a lost pet.

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The six immediately set off to find the lost Grumley, and after some minor misadventures in the ventilation ducts caught sight of it. Varssk spotted the small furry rodent’s exit point, and the children followed, cornering it in a small cramped storage room. Suddenly four electrified gates dropped down, trapping them, and the Grumley revealed itself to be a sapient (if unpleasant) creature: a slaver with a crew of thugs. Furthermore, he revealed that the children were trapped on his ship which would soon be off.

Working together under Rhysh’s direction, the six managed to short out the cage and unhinge the door. They rapidly snuck into the cockpit, where Ryla took the helm while Rhysh attempted to break the com jammer that was preventing them from contacting their parents. When it became clear they couldn’t exit the ship without running into the arms of a mob of slavers, Ryla decided to take the ship out of the hanger. Varssk deactivated the com jammer, but started a fire in the process. Spang and Sinya worked desperately to contain the fire (at the cost of Sinya’s modesty). Marcus contacted his father, but they were soon out of com range.

The ship spiraled at a breakneck pace to the barren planet below, and the one remaining slaver attempted to gain entry into the cockpit. Varssk took a knife Marcus had found and gutted the slaver the moment the door opened. Spang quickly acted to save the detestable slaver’s life, while the ship continued to rocket toward its doom. Sinya located another small group of children in a cage, and acting quickly, Marcus used the felled slaver’s blaster to pinpoint a power conduit while the vessel rocked around them. Ryla managed to bring the ship into a safe landing while Sinya comforted the children. With their cage no longer electrified the jolting landing did them no extra harm. Rhysh quickly activated a beacon so their parents could find them.

Once the vessel was on the ground, a new threat emerged in the shape of the Grumley landing on a smaller attack vessel. But before he and his goons could breach the crashed ship, the children’s parents arrived on Sinya’s father’s smuggling vessel. Shala’firith heralded his arrival by destroying the second slaver vessel. Then the parents confronted the slavers and before the Grumley could complete his threat, opened fire.

The slavers were wiped out, save for the one that had been stabbed. The elders took their children back to the space station, turned their prisoner over to the station authorities, and learned that the Grumley and his gang had been kidnapping children across the sector using the same trick to lure children into their ship’s hold, and then vanish.

The parents departed, the episode having convinced them that keeping their children safe was a more pressing duty than opposing the Empire. But they kept in touch, as did some of the children. And thus, seven years later, on the very same space station, they came together again, following their parents once more.

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