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« on: November 28, 2016, 10:05:24 PM »

Drongar Alpha is the largest of the two moons of the planet Drongar, in the Drongar system orbiting the star Drongar Prime located in the Outer Rim Territories.

It is a mid-sized green, blue and white moon often shadowed over the southern hemisphere by its planet Drongar. The Southern hemisphere itself is largely ocean with a considerable ice cap stretching out from the pole. The Northern hemisphere is dominated by a single large continent. The continent is heavily vegetated with dense forest and wide steppes made up of low growing plants. Numerous rivers run toward the south of the continent emptying into the ocean and here and there occasional mountain ranges can be seen with the very tallest of them snow–capped amongst great banks of storm clouds.

It is uninhabited by sentient species with the exception of a small privately owned and run Imperial testing facility, a cluster of buildings huddled in an octagonal perimeter set in a clearing surrounded by tall vegetation. Just to the North of the buildings is a small lake that drains through a steep cataract into firstly a river then a gorge less than a kilometer or so to the West. The lake and river border the site and formed a natural obstacle that protect it from the North East around to the South West. The main landward approach is through the forest to the East and South East.

(Description courtesy of Rough Knight)

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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2016, 10:09:10 PM »

Continued From: Aboard the Wagtail's Shadow, Smugglers Ship


:: Belyra Vekraa/ Elayne Korvani, Human Smuggler/ Mercenary ::
:: Cockpit ::

On approach to the base Elayne’s eyes constantly scanned the sensors readouts and out of the viewport. As they got closer the various structures and layout of the facility became more obvious. Their intel was proving solid so far.

“This is it boys, we are approaching the landing pad now. You know what to do.” She sent the transmission over the ship wide comm so that those stuck in the cells would know what was happening, as a bit of a courtesy. It was also a warning that from here on out they were nothing more than captured prisoners. She didn’t want anyone screwing it up, especially when she wasn’t quite sure exactly how this next bit was going to go.

 As she brought the ship in over the landing pad she did so a little rougher than normal and her set down was not her usual smooth kissing of the pad but nor was it overly rough, simulating an experienced pilot bringing down a ship that was being problematic. As soon as it touched down she was putting the systems into standby and stood up, snatching up her carbine and slinging it onto her back as she walked down the corridor. Keler had already come down from the turret and was waiting and she could see Styg approaching from the engine room.

“Keler you are with me. Keep your mouth shut, keep your eye on the buyers and your weapons ready. I’ve had dealings with the leader of the private security forces before, let’s hope this proves a good thing. Kalos you go wait in the cockpit. I want to know that if things go south we can get out of here straight away. Everything is on standby so she can be powered back up immediately. Keep your head down though, I don’t want them realising that.”

Keler’s eyebrow raised at her comment about knowing the leader but he didn’t comment on it. “Don’t worry Cap I know the drill.” He scooped up his helmet and put it on his head, then snatched his rifle from where it had been left while he was in the turret.

Elayne hit the control to lower the ramp and walked down with a cautious confidence as it touched the ground, her right hand resting on her blaster. At the bottom she walked towards the main buildings, her eyes flicking left and right to make sure they weren’t being flanked. She could see Kesa with ten of his own men walking towards her and she stopped at the edge of the curved shadow made by her ship with Kardac and Tarash stayed slightly behind and to each side, wanting to remain close in case she had been completely wrong about the man and he started shooting. He and his men stopped ten metres away, and on the far edge of the landing pad she could see two squads of Stormtroopers waiting on his command. They obviously didn’t take any chances.

“Been a while Kesa” Elayne called out, casually putting more weight on one leg and leaving her hand where it rested on her blaster. “You haven’t changed, but it looks like your operations have expanded to be doing a job like this.”

Kesa took one step forward. He was a tall man, solidly built with large shoulders. He had very short dusty brown hair, medium tanned skin and brown eyes with a scar that ran down his right cheek from his eye. He was heavily armoured in dark green and black armour with black clothing underneath, the stylised image of a Nexu claw in gold on his left breast. He had a pistol on his right leg but no further weaponry, he had no need when he had ten men with him who were all armed with blaster rifles which they held in their hands, relaxed with the muzzles down but obviously ready to shoot if ordered. They wore armour ranging from medium to heavy with matching design and colours.

I could say the same thing about you Korvani. You look just the same, but since when have you had crew? The Korvani I knew swore she would fly solo until the end of her days.

This would be the harder bit to get through. Elayne kept her expression neutral. “Getting mighty hard to keep finding good work flying solo, especially if you are trying to keep under the radar and in backwaters. Ship maintenance and repairs don’t pay for themselves. I wasn’t given much choice, took my first on about five months ago and haven’t looked back. I might have crew I have to pay as well now but the work I can take well and truly makes up for it.”

Kesa nodded his head at her ship. “Any more in there?

“One, my mechanic and co- pilot” she answered truthfully. There was silence for a while, both Kardac and Tarash standing still and watching the others. Eventually Kesa spoke up again.

You killed Brolen.

Elayne had been waiting for that. She gave a short laugh, hoping that she was right in reading Kesa and that a more aggressive approach was called for. “The man was an idiot, I did you a favour removing him from your employ. He came after me after the bounty was removed, I was hardly going to lay down and let him kill me. He let his personal feelings get in the way rather than using his brain and realising he didn’t have a chance of bringing me down. Honestly I was more upset about destroying one of your ships that I was killing that imbecile, you don’t need someone like that in the Golden Nexu.”

The tension in the air was thick as the two stared each other down, a minute passing by with just background noise and the clunk of armour as someone changed position or moved their weapon to a more comfortable grip. Slowly a small smile came to Kesa’s lips.

When he called in saying he’d found you I told him not to pursue. There was no profit in it, your bounty had been paid and Enneb didn’t want an example made of you. He ignored me, he disobeyed my order. When he did that he effectively left my employ, I don’t hire nerf herders like him if I can help it. That bucket of rust and bolts he called a ship was his, so you didn’t destroy any of my property.

Internally the smuggler-turned-mercenary let out a sigh of relief but externally she just cracked a small smile. “No hard feelings then?”

Kesa’s smile grew larger. “No, but I am insulted that you chose to take on crew rather than seek me out.”

Elayne obviously lifted her hand off her blaster and waved it in the air. “I had no idea if I would still be welcome, after the incident with Brolen. Besides, seven months had passed. Shall we do business then?”

Kesa crossed his arms. “You know I don’t pay before seeing the cargo Korvani.

She loosely put one hand on her hip. “And I don’t hand over my cargo before I see the creds.”

Smiling, Kesa reached into a larger pouch on his belt and pulled out a bag that clinked when he shook it at her. Elayne smiled back.

“Alright boys, unload the goods. Time for payday.” She took a few steps backwards deeper into the shadow of the ship then turned around and walked up the ramp, her men following her.
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« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2016, 05:20:38 PM »

::Kellam Styg/Kalos Sarat, human pilot::
::cockpit::

::Kellam, or Kalos as he was called for this mission, did as he was told and went to the cockpit and slouched down in the pilot's chair.  He wasn't about to argue against having a good escape plan in place.  He was certainly glad he wasn't one of the prisoners.  His job was relatively easy and should prove to be good fun; he just had to wait for the signal and blow everything to hell.::
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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2016, 09:32:39 AM »

:: Lieutenant Commander Kardac Shalth/Kaberc Shurret ::
:: Research Facility - Landing platform::

~Kaberc followed Elayne through the ship and down the ramp.  He had his hands resting on the back ends of both blasters, but not actually touching the grips.  When they got outside there was quite the welcoming committee.  He was a little disturbed, but kept his cool.  The two had their exchange and it ended without any trouble thankfully.  He followed her back up the ramp and they headed to the prisoner area.~

"All right you louts, time to move to your new home.~

~One by one they got the men out of the cages.  They snapped them all in binders behind their backs and then put a harness around their waists with a line that ran through the binders to the person behind them.  Eventually everybody was strapped together and ready to offload.  He hadn't been nice or gentle when corralling everybody together in case one of the other mercenaries or some stormtroopers came up.~

"OK, move it!"

~The trio led the line of 'prisoners' out of the cargo bay and through the ship and outside down the ramp.  Once outside and away from the ship they were immediately flanked by mercenaries and stormtroopers.  None pointed their weapons yet, but they were letting the 'prisoners' know that there was no opportunity to run.  Kesa and a man that looked like a scientist came over and gave their prisoners an inspection.  Kesa was doing a basic visual inspection while the scientist was doing a brief scan of each being. As they went down the line they didn't pay specific attention to anyone in particular except for Valkee.  Kesa stopped to prod at the cybernetic arm.  Kaberc stepped up and spoke.~

"Arm's dead.  Pried the power pack out maself."

~Kaberc opened the panel where the power pack would go so that Kesa could see it was empty.  He waved over the scientist who took his scanning device and waved it over the arm.~

"The arm is indeed dead.  No power is running to it."

~Kesa nodded in satisfaction and made a couple motions.  Half his men left as well as one of the two squads of stormtroopers.  He turned to Elayne and spoke.~

"I assume you'll be willing to part with your cargo here and take your payment?"

~She nodded and Kesa pulled out the pouch he had shown before, opening it and double checking the amount of the contents before he handed over the fairly heavy looking sack of credits to a pleased looking Elayne.~
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« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2016, 09:37:13 AM »

::Guards::
:: Landing Pad ::

The group of mercs and troopers that remained escorted the latest ‘prisoners’ and headed for the building straight ahead of the ship. The structure bore a large sign across the wall on which was written in Basic Aurbesh ‘Weyland-Yutani Laboratories’. To the right of that building was another that appeared to be a hangar. On the roof of the building with the sign was a large long range communications array as well as shorter range communications equipment. They passed by a small stationary anti air cannon at the left edge of the landing pad, then headed through double doors into the corridor of the building.  There wasn't much to see, nor was it very big, just a hall with a few doors on each side, the first of which had a sign saying ‘Director’ on it.  There were a couple of stormtroopers standing guard in the hall and they each stepped aside to let the group pass.

They exited the building and continued on the short walkway to the next one. They couldn't see it from their vantage point but this building was the one that had the sensor equipment on the roof.  This building looked very similar to the first with the exception that the hallway was shorter with fewer doors on each side.  Once through they were on another short walkway to another building. 

This building looked different, heavier construction, and there were mercenaries guarding the outside. They opened the doors and stepped inside to get out of the way of the group.  Once inside it was a basic prison setup.  There was a guard station a little bit inside the outer door, then a double set of barred doors with one after another leading to the prisoner area.  Beyond that were two large cells, one on either side. These had bars on two sides, with the back and one side wall solid. In the corridors beyond were a series of smaller cells but they couldn’t be seen into from this far back.

Not wanting to bring prisoners through one by one, a guard at the station and one on the other side of the room both had to hit a button at the same time to open both security doors. The line of prisoners was led through and then one by one they were broken off from the chain and put into the two large cells, non humans into the empty left cell and humans into the right. There were two humans already in the right cell, one sandy haired and sitting huddled in a miserable ball in the corner. The second man was lounged back casually on a bench that ran the length of the wall. He had short dark hair and charming good looks with sharp eyes that followed the newcomers. He looked to be in his late twenties or early thirties and was wearing plain non-descript jacket and pants like any other spacer might wear.

Oh, we have new guests?” he asked the guards casually. The closest mercenary guard scowled at him.

“Shut it prisoner!”

The man raised his hands in mock surrender and waited as the bar cell door was closed behind the newcomers before speaking again. “Charming fellow isn't he?
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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2016, 09:58:00 AM »

:: Belyra Vekraa/ Elayne Korvani, Human Smuggler/ Mercenary ::
:: Landing Pad ::

Elayne watched the ‘prisoners’ being escorted off. She was very glad she wasn’t in any of their shoes, it would have to be almost terrifying being led off like that. It certainly would be for the freedom loving smuggler. When she received the large bag of credits she didn’t stop grinning. She had rather purposefully left out how much the facility was paying for each prisoner they provided, and her contract had mentioned absolutely nothing about having to hand over any moneys ‘earnt’ as part of their cover for the mission. It really was a nice fat bonus for her, enough to replace her ship with a stock ship if it was necessary. It was also the reason she hadn’t demanded any extra credits for this job, though the ship repairs were a rather nice payment. She made a show of double checking the amount was correct then grinned at Kesa.

“Pleasure doing business with you, as always.”

So that’s it? Taking your credits and leaving then?” the Golden Nexu leader asked her. Elayne shook her head and looked up at the ship overhead.

“Nah, I’m afraid I’m going to have to ask for your hospitality for a little bit. Got damage to my hyperdrive, need to do repairs first. I don’t think we will need parts, should be able to fix her with what I have on board enough to get her to a safe port and do some proper repairs.”

Kesa looked up at the YT2400 as well. “That’d be why your approach was rough. My man on the sensors said it looked like you were having troubles and it didn’t sound like you to be doing a poor job of piloting. Well that should give us some time to talk business. I assume you won’t disagree to earning another paycheck like that?”

Elayne grinned at him again. “I’m willing to talk business. Give me a few minutes, I’ll let my mechanic know what’s happening and make sure he’s getting started on the repairs.”

Kesa raised an eyebrow. “You? Let someone else work on your ship?”

Elayne shrugged. “Times have changed, I’ve got a crew now and they have their jobs. I’ve got other duties, like ensuring we have our next job and paycheck. He can get started on it while you and I talk. He’s a good mechanic, I have to grudgingly admit he almost knows as much about transports as me. Almost.”

She walked up the ramp gripping the bag of credits tightly and humming ever so softly to herself, Keler and Kardac again shadowing her. As she walked aboard she yelled out to Styg.

“Kalos!”

What?!” was the response.

“Get ya arse into the engine room and get working on the hyperdrive! Their leader wants to have a chat about another possible job and I ain’t one to turn down good credits.”

In the corridor she paused a moment, turning to her fellow ‘mercenaries’. “I’ll just put these away safely.” She quickly unlocked the door to her quarters and entered, shutting the door before any of them could follow or say anything. Humming to herself again she accessed the safe that was located behind one of the locked doors in her closet and under a fake floor with hidden latches to remove it, pulling out a large handful of the credit chips, roughly counting them and pocketing two of the chips before locking the remainder away in her safe. With everything closed up again she walked back out to where Keler and Kardac stood waiting just inside the entrance to the galley. She flicked each of them chips worth a total of five hundred credits each, then did the same to a slightly surprised Styg as he wandered in to see what was happening.

“There you go boys, part of your payment. You’ll get the rest after I’ve taken the ship repairs out once we make port. Guaranteed we are going to need to purchase a few parts to fix the hyperdrive proper, and I bet it did some damage to the reactor.” At the look Kardac gave her she shrugged. “What? That’s the standard agreement, and it’s not like you have anything to spend it on here anyway. No cantina or women here. Safer to keep the rest locked away for now.”
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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2016, 09:11:26 AM »

::Kellam Styg/Kalos Sarat, human pilot::
::cockpit::

::Kalos heard Elayne bellowing for him, putting on a good show he assumed for whoever she was with.  He got up and headed back, only grumbling a little as he went.  He wondered to himself how long this little dance would go on until they dropped it. As he moved back through the ship towards the hyperdrive, he ran into Elayne, who tossed him some credits.  It was somewhat surprising but he tried to hide it as much as he could, trying to stay in character.::

"The things I do to keep this tub flying, I deserve a raise."  ::He groused before pocketing the money and heading off towards the hyperdrive.::
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« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2016, 12:44:27 AM »

:: Valkee (Spc Tyy'n), Bothan ::
:: Landing Platform ::

Valkee's cuffs were roomy around his diminutive wrists, however it did bite into his fur, pulling it painfully in odd directions. His discomfort was only to the concern of his image as a prisoner. In actuality, Tyy'n was very glad to be on the ground again and off the Smuggler's ship. Superficially, the discomfort made his fur quiver around his bonds and, all over, his fur tousled itself in a display of anxiety.

Processing forwards between the build of two taller commrads, Valkee's view was further obscured when the Stormtroopers encased the prisoners. Some sort of supervisor singled out Valkee for his bionic arm, making the bothan prisoner shrink smaller than his diminutive height already was. The supervisor ordered a scientist to scan his arm; this did worry Tyy'n a little but he trusted his Commander, and, as he had promised, the scan came back negative. Tyy'n internally breathed a sigh of relief but kept up the appearance of a shrunken prisoner.

The procession was marched to their new holding cells within the buildings and then racially separated into new cages. Along the way, Tyy'n was subliminal in applying his reconnescence skills, memorising what he could of the facility. Once their new captors had left, Valkee ignored the loud human prisoner, instead turning to the Duros, motioning him to a quiet conference where they could verify their observations of the facility on their walk through and reinforce its image in their minds.
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« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2016, 10:40:18 PM »

:: Lieutenant Areta Viridux Duros Pilot/Intelligence Officer::
::AKA Jad DeBrek, captured transport owner/captain::
::Storage Room Cell::

After the recycled air of shipboard life and the close confines of the storage room, Areta could smell the fresh air of the planet even before the cell had been opened. When it had been opened he had been dragged out a shackled with the Valkee behind him and Lunelle behind Valkee. The prisoners from the other cells had then been shackled behind in a long line and they had been led down the ships ramp.

Outside the air of Drogna Alpha felt crisp and damp, the landing platform was covered with shallow puddles and everything was wet suggesting a shower of rain had just passed. Indeed the sky above the surrounding forest was for the most part misty with low rain clouds and the only piece of open sky was directly above them stretching away to more broken clouds in the west. The gap in the cloud was large enough for Areta to catch a glimpse of the system star Dronga Prime which was partially eclipsed by the planet Drongar. The crescent star and broken cloud gave the scene a dull light with the indistinct and blurry shadows an eclipse caused.

As one of the mercenaries and a technician inspected the prisoners and paused alongside of Areta to inspect Valkees cybernetic arm the Duros consigned the details of the facility to his memory. He noted that for the most part it conformed to the suppositions that  had been made from the orbital surveillance imaging. Although Areta could see that at least one structure that they had identified as a building was in fact a cluster of smaller structures and walkways under a cover all roof, some of the structures were circular suggesting that perhaps they contained liquid. They were large enough to be used as cells for aquatic species. Certainly there appeared no great reason for water storage with the amount of moisture in the atmosphere and the roaring sound of the nearby cataract that had been visible in the recon pictures creating a constant background noise.

In short order the prisoners were led away through a building, along a walkway and into a larger building that contained some large cells. The prisoners were separated by species with Areta, Valkee, Dessh, Tej and Cab going into an empty cell. Almost immediately Valkee gestured for Areta to come over to where he was standing. As Areta approached him he noticed that the annoying state of perpetual anxiety that the Bothan gave off was gone and here was a totally different, determined and purposeful being. “How many guards did you count” the Bothan whispered.
Areta inclined his head toward a black protocol droid with red eyes standing by a wall several meters away from the cell bars. “You mean when that damn woman and her pirates boarded my ship or here? What is this place anyway it looks to remote to be a slave market”. As he spoke Artea gestured with his hands indicating probably a platoon of storm troopers and at least 15 mercs.
The Bothan was smart enough to realise the droid was probably able to access wireless microphones built into the cell walls. He gestured back using recon signs close to his chest, confirming 2 plus stormtrooper squads so probably a full platoon. 
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« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2016, 07:20:28 PM »

:: Lieutenant Commander Kardac Shalth/Kaberc Shurret ::
:: Research Facility - Landing platform - Aboard the Wagtail's Shadow::

~Kaberc followed Elayne back up the ramp with Keler in tow as she seemed to make a beeline for her quarters.  Along the way she yelled at Kalos to "fix" the hyperdrive, which he would do very very slowly to buy them a fair bit of time.  Before he could stop her she was inside and locked the door.  He grumbled softly.  Eventually she re-emerged and closed the door and then tossed the three of them each a credit chip.  Kalos muttered and then headed back to fix the ship.  Once he'd gone, Kaberc nodded off at Keler and the man grunted softly and turned and headed back towards the entrance of the ship to keep lookout.  The XO then turned and planted himself firmly in Elayne's way.  She gave a pittance of an excuse why they didn't need more and Kaberc growled just a little bit.~

"Just so you know, we'll be having a talk about those credits later."

~She started to talk and he cut her off.~

"No, it's not up for discussion.  You may be playing Captain of the group, but you know the agreement that I am in charge behind the scenes.  We'll go and have your little business meeting, but when we get back, we're chatting about that bag of money."

~He gave her a look that her know he was not kidding in any manner.~
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« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2016, 01:20:00 PM »

:: Specialist Jathan Cort/Eatan Surrell ::
:: Landing Pad ::

Cort stepped off the boarding ramp onto the landing pad.  He had been positioned behind Zeeke, with Dak'r behind him, as they were led towards the facility.  As they passed through the first building he spotted a small sign reading "Director" out the corner of his eye.  The Specialist made a mental note, once they were sprung, to pay the director a 'visit' if the opportunity presented itself.  They finally approached a building where mercenaries were standing guard outside, and he surmised this must be the lockup.  After the prisoners were processed he and the rest of the humans were ushered into the cell on the right.  He looked across the room to see Tyy'n and Areta locked up separately from the rest of them, along with the aliens from Keler's group.  It seemed the Empire's xenophobic tendencies were in full effect here.  He looked around the cell and saw a young man curled into a fetal position in the corner.  Cort maintained a blank expression but inwardly was irritated at this pathetic little man.  He would be worthless in a fight, but could only hope he would stay put and not be a hinderence.  The other man appeared much more confident, lounging around as though he owned the place.  This guy looked like someone Bel would enjoy talking to.  Cort was inwardly happy that she wasn't one of the prisoners, being in no mood for the flirtatious conversation that would no doubt take place.         


“Oh, we have new guests?” he asked the guards casually. The closest mercenary guard scowled at him.

“Shut it prisoner!”

The man raised his hands in mock surrender and waited as the bar cell door was closed behind the newcomers before speaking again. “Charming fellow isn't he?”


Cort just grunted in response to the man's pointless comment and leaned against the wall with his arms folded across his chest.  Time to play the waiting game again. 
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« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2017, 12:02:08 PM »

:: Belyra Vekraa/ Elayne Korvani, Human Smuggler/ Mercenary ::
:: Aboard the Wagtail’s Shadow, Research Facility Landing Pad ::

Elayne’s eyes narrowed and she had to fight her hot headed temper that was rising at being berated by Kardac about her credits. He was still blocking her way but she stood straight and folded her arms, glaring at him.

“There was nothing in the contract stating that I had to hand over any credits earnt during the course of this mission while under cover, and I need those credits. Besides, remember your place here. You might be ‘in charge behind the scenes’, but we are on the ground now and can’t afford to let on to anyone the truth, so I suggest you get back into character and be a good little mercenary Kaberc.” The woman had spoken quietly so that only Kardac could hear, and she had struggled to keep her tone as even as she could and not to say anything more or lose her temper at him. Regardless, and not surprisingly, his expression turned dark and he scowled at her. Before the man could say anything back they heard Kesa’s voice yell up from the base of the ramp.

”You coming or what Korvani?”

Saved by their enemy, Elayne let the slightest of smiles touch her lips and stepped around the taller executive officer. As she did so she unfolded her arms and called back out to the mercenary captain. “Aye, just taking care of some things first. Shurret, you’re with me.”

As she passed by Keler she added to him “Keler you stay and do your thing. If Kalos needs help, give it to him. I’d rather not be stuck on this rock much longer than I need to, time is credits.” It had been prearranged that as much as he could, Keler would use any opportunity to learn more about the layout of the facility and locations to place explosives. During daytime and with their ship likely to be watched it would be hard for him to make any moves yet however.

The pair met Kesa at the bottom of the ramp, and as the trio headed across the puddle strewn duracrete landing pad towards the buildings the remaining few mercenaries fell in around them. The smuggler kept her usual calm confidence, while Kardac looked appropriately slightly concerned about being surrounded by unknown armed mercenaries. Elayne had to admit, so far he was showing he knew how to play his part. She was still concerned about him wanting to claim her credits but for the time being she put that from her mind. Their ‘prisoner’ comrades were counting on them, and she would need all her wits about her to pull this off.

”Gotta admit Korvani, didn’t think I’d see you turn up in a place like this. I know you said times are harder and in this day and age a merc will take what work they can, but running sentient cargo? After hearing what happened with the two prisoners Enneb hired you to move, I thought maybe you were a bit soft for that.”

She had been wondering when that would be brought up. Elayne scoffed at his words, her face darkening. “Soft? You think because I’m a woman, I’m too ‘soft’ to move prisoners or slaves? I thought you knew me better than that Kesa. Not my kriffing fault them karking Rebels attacked my ship and stole my cargo! Those bastards caused me a world of trouble! If Enneb had kriffing told me I was transporting two Rebel scum in the first place I mighta been able to find a safer route and avoid the hassle but no! Instead the bastards damaged my ship, stole my cargo and caused me to have a bounty put on my head! Enneb wouldn’t listen to my explanation, nor would he take my giving the credits back he’d paid in advance as my apology! I was lucky he would even let me pay my own frakking bounty! If I come across any more of those Rebel schutta I will make them pay!”

Her Korvani persona didn’t usually let herself show so much emotion, but she was hoping the almost savage display would drive home the message. The flash of initial surprise on Kesa’s face at her outburst was quickly replaced by what she guessed was approval at her obvious distaste of the Rebel Alliance. He chuckled a little at her last statement. ”I’m sure you will, just like you did at Rugosa.”

The redhead let her scowl turn into a slight grin at the memory of Rugosa, but internally her heart skipped a beat at the mention. Oh no, why did he have to bring that event up?! She sincerely hoped he wouldn’t pursue it, and her eyes darted around at the Golden Nexu mercenaries surrounding them as they passed by the squad of Stormtroopers who fell in with the group. She didn’t recognise the faces of the closest two, though she couldn’t see those on the other side of Kesa.

“A lot of new faces Kesa, you must have taken on a few new recruits to take on this gig huh?” she commented, trying to change the subject. The man grinned.

”Aye, we’ve expanded a bit. Been worth it though, more lucrative that I initially thought it would be and such an easy job. I’m sure you remember Driet though?” He gestured casually towards a heavily armoured and heavily armed dark skinned man on the other side of him to Elayne, and she craned her head forward to look around the mercenary leader. Sure enough it was Driet, one of Kesa’s main men and one of those who held the most loyalty towards him. Driet was a fairly quiet and practical man and he gave Elayne a smile and nod in greeting, which she returned.

When they reached the main building in front of them which bore the ‘Weyland-Yutani Laboratories’ sign Kesa stopped before entering and turned to Elayne and Kardac. “You’ll have to hand over your weapons I’m afraid, I can’t have yous walking around armed to the teeth in this facility.” Driet and another mercenary the smuggler didn’t know stepped forwards either side of Kesa, the tall dark skinned mercenary very obvious about the rifle in his hands, while the other man holstered his pistol and looking expectantly at the pair.

Elayne cocked her head ever so slightly. “You know me Kesa” she said softly.

“I do, but rules are still rules.”

Elayne pointedly looked up at the building above them, then back to him. “I’ve never had to disarm before when entering the premises of your previous employer. I’m hardly about to enter some place like this without my weapons. What in the nine hells do you think I’d be able to do anyway, I’m sure we will have an escort while we are here and hopefully we won’t be staying long.”

The Golden Nexu leader’s lips parted in a small grin. ”Is my company so bad you want to escape?” The woman rolled her eyes at that.

“You know it isn’t that” she replied, again in the soft tone she had used when she told him over the comm that she had missed him. “Not a fan of being holed up in some facility surrounded by soldiers though, especially unarmed and when I have a ship that needs repairs. I’ll hand over the retribution, but let me keep my pistols. You know I feel naked without them.”

That small grin became wider and lopsided at her words. ”I also know you are just as dangerous with those deathhammers as some of my men are with their rifles, I’m not stupid.” He seemed to consider her for a moment. ”For the sake of our friendship I’ll let you keep your pistols, but the carbine you hand over. Your man hands over all of his.” When they looked like they were going to argue the point he lifted his finger and pointed at Elayne.

”You I know.” He shifted his hand until he was now pointing at Kardac. ”Him I don’t. Hand over the weapons, or I will have him and the rest of your men confined to their ship under guard, and I might have to reconsider our business.”

Those weren’t options they wanted to pursue, so they were left with little choice. Elayne shrugged her shoulders, then carefully and obviously pulled the carbine from where it was slung across her back. “Can’t fault a captain for wanting to protect her crew.” She gave a short sharp nod to Kardac, who grudgingly handed over his carbine and pistol. Another mercenary stepped forward to help receive the weapons from the pair, and this one, also human, looked pointedly at the stun grenade on his belt. Scowling a little the Alliance pilot pulled that out and handed it over as well, and Elayne gave them her retribution.

“If there is a single scratch on any of that you’ll be paying for it” she warned Kesa who gave a short laugh.

“Come on inside. It’s nicer than out here.” The large group piled inside and they were escorted a short way down the passageway. The smuggler noted the sign on the door that said ‘Director’, and two doors down Kesa opened a door on the right and motioned for them to enter. Inside was a fairly plainly decorated office, with a desk and a few chairs. A couple of shelves adorned the walls along with a couple of hangings, including one with a large emblem of the Golden Nexu. Driet entered along with Kesa, with two remaining outside in the hallway and the remainder continuing down the hall with the Stormtroopers at an order from Driet. Another Golden Nexu mercenary was waiting inside standing by the desk and it took Elayne a moment but she eventually recognised him as another of Kesa’s closest men, Golladio. Together Driet and Golladio acted as the Golden Nexu’s Lieutenants. He was a human hailing from an Outer Rim Territories planet, though what one she didn’t know. His speech was heavily accented, as if Basic wasn’t his main language though she had only ever heard him speak Basic. He was built the same as Kesa and his hair was cut so short you could barely tell it was black in colour. His skin was tanned and wrinkled and covered in scars. He was by no means what you would call handsome and his appearance made him look menacing. Elayne knew he could be a somewhat cruel man who enjoyed killing. She hadn’t gotten along with him terribly well, and just gave him a small nod in greeting which he ignored.

Kesa sat himself down in the chair behind the desk, flanked on either side by his standing lieutenants. He sat back comfortably and gestured for Elayne and Kardac to sit. When they did so he grinned at them, any sign of tension while out on the landing pad now gone. He obviously felt safe and confident in his own office with his most trusted men by his side.

“I really am glad to see you here you know. Last few deliveries have been made by sketchy looking mercenaries, people I don’t know. I swear the last lot looked more like pirates to me, but they had the appropriate cargo and clearances and said they were transporting it under contract from the Empire. Still, with so many new faces amongst my own ranks I’m glad to see an old dependable one appear out of the black. Even if she does have a crew of her own these days.”

The leader’s continual use of referring to the prisoners as ‘cargo’ was beginning to bother her a bit but she kept it well hidden with practiced ease. Elayne had smuggled Rebels before and had transported prisoners and bounties, but they had still remained sentients to her. Calling them cargo showed a complete disregard for their lives, as if they were little more than tradable goods. That left a bad taste in her mouth. Even when she had shoved Toen in the crate and ultimately killed him, she had done it because he was a risk and a serious threat to her and the others. Not because she thought he just some object she could do as she pleased with. Kesa looked at Kardac, the grin still on his face. ”You know, you’ve found yourself a good captain. I don’t think I’ve met anyone who can fly a light freighter like she does, woman’s got more balls than most men I’ve worked with. You shoulda seen her at Rugosa!”

Oh no, he had mentioned it again. If Kardac found out about it…. But it was too late. There was nothing she could do now to stop things without seriously creating issues, not when Kardac gave the man an enquiring look and asked in his rougher, mercenary persona’s voice “Rugosa?”

”Aye. We were employed to ambush some transports that just happened to be Alliance and I needed an extra ship and took Korvani on having already done a few jobs with her, knowing she could do it. She didn’t prove me wrong either, chased down and shot down a Rebel Y wing that was trying to escape all on her own! First time I’ve seen a YT do something like that. Woman’s got talent. And it’s that talent that I’d be counting on with this business I’d like to discuss.”

That was it. The smuggler was now going to be in serious trouble with the Alliance, assuming she survived long enough to get back to the fleet. There was no way Kardac wouldn’t know about the Rugosa incident that happened about twelve months beforehand. She had already done a few contract jobs with Kesa when he needed extra hands and he had approached her with another job, this one paying very well. Apparently two transports carrying weapons and medical supplies from a rival criminal syndicate of their employer were going to be passing through the Rugosa system, and their job was to ambush the transports and claim their contents. The job had gone off without a hitch, their intel accurate and their ambush nearly flawless. The smuggler-turned-mercenary’s job had been to help prevent any escort ships from escaping while the Golden Nexu’s more heavily armed ships disabled the transports. They hadn’t been expecting two y wings accompanying the two head hunters as escort however, and while the Nexu’s smaller ships had their hands full destroying the fast Z95s Elayne had been left to take on one of the Y wings on her own, and ended up helping the others destroy the second.

Originally she hadn’t been aware that their targets were actually Alliance ships until one of the transport captains had tried to send out a distress signal, pleading for their attackers to stop. The smuggler had been shocked but left in a predicament. By that stage she had done many jobs for the Rebellion and backed right off the jobs she did for the Empire, disgusted by their use of the Death Star to destroy Alderaan. If she had known the targets were Rebels she would never had taken the job, coming up with some excuse why she couldn’t. She had no desire to kill Rebels since her ideals were more closely aligned to theirs than the Empire’s but if she had backed off after the distress signal Kesa would have known something was up. Knowing how anti-Alliance the man was it would have been like signing her own death warrant and she had been left with no choice but to continue helping blast the fighters into little pieces, then show no regret or emotion beyond satisfaction while the damaged transport’s cargo was loaded onto her ship then afterwards back at their base of operations. It had been part of the reason why she had saved those two imprisoned Rebel members instead of transporting them like she had been hired to do. It didn’t make what she had done right nor did it make up for other crimes she had previously committed against the Alliance in the name of the Empire, but it was a small step towards atonement.

Somehow she managed to keep the colour in her face through sheer willpower, and gave Kesa a small shrug and smile. “Flattery will gain you some points. Though I am more interested in talking business now and saving the reminiscing for later when we can sit back and enjoy ourselves. What job do you need my ship for?” Internally she was praying that Kardac kept his composure. Kesa had purposely brought it up to test him, to gauge his reaction. If he thought that Shurret had any sympathy towards the Alliance it could jeopardise them and their comrades. For now she was trying not to think of what he might do to her when they were out of sight of the facility personnel, she had to concentrate on the here and now and just hope he had the sense to realise they needed her alive and uninjured to pull off the mission.
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« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2017, 11:09:21 PM »

:: Lieutenant Commander Kardac Shalth/Kaberc Shurret ::
:: Research Facility - Landing platform ::

~Kaberc scowled at Elayne's retort and was about to reply when Kesa yelled up from outside.  It interrupted his moment and she seized the opportunity and moved around him.  She walked away and beckoned him to come with, then stopped to tell Keler to stay and help on the ship.  It irked him more, but he couldn't do much about it.  Keler looked to him and Kaberc nodded in agreement that he'd stay here.  The pair then descended the ramp and were escorted across the landing pad by a group of mercenaries.  Kaberc was analyzing each one as he walked, falling in slightly behind Elayne so he could get a better look at the group without looking like he was actually trying to.  It was not a good feeling, being so surrounded, but he'd faced worse.  He let the two converse as they walked.  Kesa brought up a previous mission where she'd been transporting two Rebels as cargo.  He knew that she had released them of her own accord, but Kesa didn't, and she played her outrage at the lost cargo as she should.~

~Then the topic switched and Kesa mentioned a place called Rugosa.  It sounded familiar to Kaberc, but he couldn't recall it immediately.  A group of Stormtroopers fell in around the trio, which made him a little more uncomfortable.  Elayne changed the topic to Kesa's.  New faces in his crew was good, it meant that maybe there were some weak points that could be exploited.~

~They reached the building that they'd been heading for and the group stopped and Kesa turned and demanded that they disarm.  He'd been hoping they wouldn't be asked to, but it wasn't completely unexpected that it was being demanded.  Elayne tried to play against it, but Kesa really wasn't having it.  Eventually he agreed to take her carbine and leave her pistols, but Kaberc was pointedly told he'd be surrendering all of his.  They began to hand over all their weapons, and as Kaberc handed his, he gave the man a serious and pointed look before actually releasing them.  Then they looked to the grenade on his belt and he begrudgingly gave it over too.~

~Once disarmed they were allowed to enter and he observed all he could as they were escorted down a hall and then ushered into an office.  Once inside it was just the pair of them along with Kesa, his man Driet, and one other.  They all sat and Kesa and Elayne conversed about work and such.  It was good that Kesa felt at ease with Elayne.  After a bit Kesa turned to him and addressed him about his fortune of having such a good Captain and once again mentioned Rugosa.  The place stuck in his brain again, knowing he'd heard about it before.  He decided to see what he could learn.~

"Rugosa?"

~The mercenary leader was more than happy to oblige and tell what had happened and how Elayne had been involved.  Instantly the Alliance was mentioned and it clicked in Kaberc's head.  The man shared some details of what had happened there, though some of them were already in Kaberc's head.  He'd seen the report about the massacre.  His blood began to boil and it took most of his control to not look like he wanted to kill someone, including Elayne.  He looked over at her briefly, catching her eyes for a moment and letting her know that she was in very big trouble.  Kaberc listened to the rest of the tale about what had been done and showed little reaction.  When the tale was finished he leaned back and considered what had been said, stroking his chin and covering his mouth as he tried to keep a scowl from forming there.~

"Certainly sounds like quite a feat.  I'm sure your group slaughtered them all and made quite the haul."

~Kesa nodded and smiled, pleased at the memory.  If it wouldn't jeopardize the mission, Kaberc would kill these 3 where they stood using his knife and his own hands before they could even raise an alarm or fire a shot.  He probably would break Elayne's jaw too so he didn't have to hear her spout anything.  Obviously in a hurry to change the subject she then spoke up and asked about what it was that they wanted her to help with.  Kaberc simply folded his hands and sat there quietly listening to what was said.~
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« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2017, 09:59:43 AM »

:: Belyra Vekraa/ Elayne Korvani, human smuggler/ mercenary ::
:: Kesa’s Office, Facility Offices building ::

Kesa nodded at the woman. “More work like what you just did, bringing in test subjects. I'm guessing you just ‘found them somewhere'. I don’t care and neither does the laboratories, but we need more. In between I need someone with a transport to do regular supply runs. The Empire brings some stuff in themselves but I don’t work for them, I work for Weyland- Yutani and they like to have some autonomy from the Empire. That's why I am here. I help coordinate ship movements as well as general security, and I would prefer to have someone I know bringing in cargo for me. Can't be too careful these days. My ships are all built for dogfighting not cargo. You'd be contracted to me, and you would be well paid as you just were for this job, and have access to my contacts in return.” He sat back and smiled, folding his arms in the process. “And maybe, you'll end up changing your mind and joining the Golden Nexu.”

Elayne sat back with a thoughtful expression and scratched her chin, as if seriously considering the offer. In actual fact her mind was on slightly different matters. She had sensed the momentary anger from Kardac before he had it controlled and realisation had hit her like a fast speeder. She was royally screwed. Why the kriff had she taken this damned mission?! There was no way out of it for her. She could betray the Rebels and tell Kesa the truth and hope the Golden Nexu would protect her, but she knew that wouldn't happen. The man would shoot her dead with few qualms. If she went to the Empire, the chance that she would live were very slim. More than likely they would just stick her in the cells to become another test subject after interrogating her even if she was promised freedom. Taking off to run and leave everything behind wasn’t much of an option either. If she talked her way around leaving she might not be blown up trying to leave, but she would still need to contend with the Alliance men. Regardless those three options all resulted in the same outcome- the men who were trusting in her to save them from certain hell would all die, likely horrific painful deaths. She wasn’t certain she could deal with the guilt of that, she hated betraying an employer especially when she had a reputation for getting the job done  and then she would be hunted by both sides and forced to backwater systems.

Those thoughts rushed through her mind in the blink of an eye. No, there was only one clear path. Stick with the Rebels, finish the mission, and hope to the nine Corellian hells that they wouldn't kill her or hurt her too badly. Or keep her imprisoned for long. She didn’t want to lose her ship or her freedom but her greatest chance of survival lay with the Alliance in this situation. Elayne dropped her hand. She hated what she was about to say. At that moment her best bet was to stay with Golden Nexu members and avoid being along with Kardac but that wasn’t possible. She had a job to do and a part to play.

“It sounds like a good opportunity, but I have to talk it over with my men first. They don’t tend to mind what jobs I choose for us to take but this is a bit more of a commitment. I'm still going to have to find a port to make a few more substantial repairs, and if you want us to pick up the pace at which we ‘procure’ test subjects I might need a few more men. We got somewhat lucky with this lot.”

“I can supply men to work under you if it is necessary” the mercenary leader replied back evenly. “You go now, discuss it with your men. Then when business is done, we can talk some more. The two guards outside the door have your weapons and will remain with you so they can escort you back.”

That was slightly promising. If the men stayed with them including on the ship it wouldn’t give Kardac any chance to react. She gave the man a slight nod and stood, Kardac following suit. The pair left the room, followed by their two guards. In any normal situation she would feel relieved after meeting with the boss but this time she was feeling more and more tense the further they walked away from the building. Keler was outside the ship ‘inspecting’ something on the hull but when he saw them approach he walked over with a greeting.

Their guards followed them up the ramp and placed the weapons down on the bench in the galley. “Do us a favour and keep them on the ship. We will just have to confiscate them again otherwise” one said with a gruff voice. Elayne gave a short sharp nod, her expression saying she wasn’t happy with the arrangement but they would do so.

”You boys mind letting us speak in private?” Kardac asked, more a statement than a question. Damn, there went Elayne’s last safety. The guards shrugged. They were under orders to escort Korvani and her crew while in the facility, not babysit them in their own ship.

”We will wait at the buildings” the second said and they headed off down the ramp. Kardac gestured towards the ramp at Keler and he went over. Soon as he was out of sight the executive officer’s hand shot out to grab Elayne by the throat tight enough that it hurt and she struggled for breath. Her eyes went wide in fright and she tried to talk but Kardac leant in close. “Don't say a word” he said in a fierce hiss before dragging her up the passageway to her quarters.

”Open it.” The smuggler gasped for air and nodded, her hand feeling for the door controls and unlocking it on the second attempt. When it opened she was pushed roughly through and he let go. She stumbled, barely stopping herself from falling over as she grabbed at her throat with her left hand while her right went down to her blaster and she faced the darkly tanned man. The door closed behind Kardac and she took another step backwards, the hand on the blaster pulling it up instinctively but so that it was still mostly within it's holster. Her calm was gone now, fear showing openly in her eyes. If she pulled her blaster on him she would be dead, whether by his hand or one of the other's.

“Kaberc...” she choked out quietly, not entirely sure what was going to happen next. Briefly the thought came to her that maybe she should have taken her chances with Kesa, at least he would have made her death clean and quick.
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« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2017, 07:13:12 PM »

:: Lieutenant Commander Kardac Shalth/Kaberc Shurret ::
:: Research Facility ::

~Kesa explained the details of his offer and Elayne seemed to consider them.  He wondered if she was playing at considering them to play her part, or because she was fearful of the backlash she might get from the truth that had been revealed.  They made their arrangement and then were bid to go and discuss the offer amongst themselves.  They left the office and were escorted back to the ship, whereon their weapons were returned, and they were given a strong suggestion to just leave them on the ship.~

”You boys mind letting us speak in private?”

~The two shrugged and turned to leave.  Kaberc gave Keler a signal to watch them go and to keep watch.  Once the man was out of sight Kaberc lashed out and snatched Elayne by the throat in a flash.  His grip was tight, but not too tight where he would leave some bruises.~

“Don't say a word.”

~He practically dragged her to the door of her quarters.~

”Open it.”

~Once she opened the door he nearly threw her inside and then stepped in himself, then closing the door behind.  She rubbed her throat and weakly protested as one hand started to draw one of her blasters.~

"You best leave that thing in there and keep your hands out.  You're gonna shut up and listen now."

~She let the blaster slide back down in the holster and kept her hands away from them.~

"Get those credits out you were given earlier.  You're gonna get your Captain's cut, and then everything else is forfeit for participating in wholesale slaughter."

~Elayne seemed to hesitate a moment but then slowly complied with what she was told.  She got the pouch back out and dumped it on the bed, out in the open for him.  He watched as she counted everything out in the pouch and then took about fifteen percent for herself.  As she counted she kept an occasional eye on him.  Kaberc was actually a little surprised she wasn't trying to take more.  While she was doing the counting and dividing he spoke up.~

"You're alive right now for two reasons.  One, I need you to get my men out of captivity and complete this mission.  Two, you helped free those men that were held by you.  I'm sure you did it out of guilt, but it earns you a small measure of redemption."

~She had finished with the credits and put the larger portion into the original pouch and handed it over to him, though she didn't immediately let go of the bag.~

"Would you rather I tell the others what you did and they can decide how much you keep?"

~Almost immediately she let go and then put her smaller portion into a pouch from her safe.  With that done Elayne backed against the wall of her cabin and rubbed her throat while she eyed him warily.~

"So here's the deal.  So long as you don't betray us on this mission, and I feel you perform exemplary, assuming I make it out alive, nobody else will be told of your role in that slaughter.  It may have to go on record with the Captain, but that will be the extent of it."

~He crossed his arms and fixed her with a stern gaze.~

"Now, do you have something to say?"
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