Star Wars: Age of Rebellion - Parting the Clouds

Session 5: 10/6/2016

Major Clues from Cloud Express!

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• 3:30 PM local time at the Terminus cantina.
• The party resolves to investigate Cloud Express.
• Soon after the group leaves the cantina, Huan feels a tap on his shoulder. He turns around and sees only some of his party members walking nearby, but Huan notices a hooded figure regarding him.
• Huan pretends to tie his shoe and watches the hooded figure as it approaches him.
• The being pulls back the hood revealing a very pale-skinned woman with long black hair wearing some kind of cybernetic visor over her eyes.
• Huan recognizes her as someone from his past that he helped escaped the Empire. Her name is Tavaa Gedoor “Tav.” She is a Miraluka (they don’t have eyes and “see” using the Force). She addresses Huan as “Sector Chief,” and she claims that she sensed him nearby while on this level.
• Huan is skeptical and suspicious of the coincidence of finding someone like this on the other side of the galaxy. He gives Tav a hug and secretly checks for weapons during the hug but finds none.
• Answering Huan’s questions, Tav explains that she used to be a poetry scholar, but she is now a nurse that works for a hospital on this level and does some in-home care. She has had to reinvent herself and pretend to have cybernetic eyes to conceal her identity.
• Tav indicates that she doesn’t believe in coincidences. There is some kind of a reason why they would meet like this on the other side of the galaxy.
• Tav is very grateful for the assistance that Huan rendered to help her escape the Empire. She wants to repay him in some way and brings up giving Huan whatever credits she has on her person right now.
• Huan doesn’t seem interested in taking her credits. He accepts her comm number and indicates that he will contact her should he need anything while on Cloud City.
• They hug again and Huan checks her again for weapons during the hug but doesn’t find any. They part ways.
• Huan explains to the party some about Tav.
• The party decides to call Cloud Express and indicate that they have a 400 pound package for pickup at an address on a fairly deserted street.
• The Cloud Express hover truck arrives and Jam convinces the human male driver that the package is in an alley.
• The driver gets his hover lift out of the truck and steers it into the alley.
• Once there, the other party members hiding in the alley all fire stun bolts into the driver.
• Hei takes the driver’s uniform and ID badge. He puts on the Cloud Express uniform and gets into the driver’s seat of the hover truck.
• The other party members climb into the back of the truck.
• Hei starts heading to Cloud Express headquarters located at the uppermost level of Cloud City.
• While driving, Hei notices that the truck has a GPS system in the dashboard that flashes green if you are following directions to your next pickup/delivery. It goes red if you go off route.
• The party discusses what to do about this.
• Cypher gets a call from the astromech droid AU on his comlink. AU explains in veiled language that a droid is with him sent by the Alliance that wishes to meet with Cypher. AU also explains that the droid claims to know Cypher.
• Cypher tells AU that the group is busy right now, but he will call back in a couple of hours.
• Cypher slices into the GPS systems and renders it inactive.
• Hei pulls the truck over to the side of the lane, and Huan tries to disable the lights on the truck so that the truck is in need of maintenance at HQ. Huan isn’t able to disable the lights, so he makes a minor adjustment to the truck’s gyroscope mechanism.
• At Cloud Express’ HQ, Hei finds an area in the cavernous distribution area to park the truck so that it is relatively out of the way of beings and droids going back and forth working.
• There’s a staff locker room nearby, so Hei exits the truck and goes into the locker room and manages to find four uniforms that will fit each of the other party members. Unfortunately, the uniforms are “not fresh.”
• Jam boxes up his nice clothes into a Cloud Express box to carry around with him.
• The group exits the truck and manages to not draw any undue attention until Gara trips and falls over a truck charging cord about 30 feet from the truck. A number of beings and droids rush to help her up.
• A Cloud Express executive passes by, and the group decides to follow him figuring that the executive will likely lead them on an area with computer terminals.
• Huan opts to stay behind and create a distraction so that Cypher can do his slicing without drawing attention.
• Jam finds a place to change back into his nice clothing and pass himself off as a Cloud Express executive.
• Following the executive, the executive goes into an operations area where there are computer terminals. Cypher and Jam slip in behind him.
• Cypher approaches a computer terminal, and Jam looks over the shoulder of a Cloud Express employee monitoring internal surveillance footage. The rest of the party waits in the hallway.
• By this point, Huan has rammed the hover truck into a wall, scraped the truck alongside another parked truck, and then he begins doing donuts with the truck in the cavernous distribution area.
• This causes quite a disturbance at Cloud Express, and security is dispatched to deal with the issue.
• Jam tries to get all of the employees to leave the operations room to go handle the disturbance, but they explain that they send people for that sort of thing.
• Jam watches the security agents approaching Huan’s circling truck. Jam decides to go assist Huan.
• Meanwhile with the distraction going on, Cypher slices into the Cloud Express system and uses it to look up delivery information found on Waz’s data pad and from the mission briefing. Cypher easily sees a pattern among the deliveries and learns the following clues about the deliveries: BlasTech Industries W. Vollyn gives packages to Cloud Express that are then delivered to Lutrillian Imports/Exports and signed for by a M. Ahal. From Lutrillian Imports/Exports Cypher can trace the deliveries that are shown in Waz’s data pad. Cypher also has now the address of Lutrillian Imports/Exports.
• Satisfied that he has found some major clues, Cypher exits the control room and heads back towards the delivery trucks with Gara and Hei.
• While doing donuts, Huan yells out the window that he can’t make the truck stop. Security yells at him how to slow down and make the truck stop, so Huan gradually slows the donuts down to a stop.
• Security thinks that Huan is either drunk, on spice, or a vandal. They get ready to contact the Wing Guard when Jam steps in with a commanding voice and convinces security that Huan is some sort of misbehaving employee of his. Further, Gara is nearby and he motions her forward as a doctor to examine Huan.
• Security looks at Gara in a regular employee jumpsuit uniform and don’t seem to be buying that she is a doctor, so Jam quickly orders them to start cleaning up the mess of the hover truck immediately. They jump to and begin carrying out his orders while Jam, Gar, Huan, and the rest of the party move off towards a different area in the distribution level and truck.
• The party piles into a new truck, and Hei drives them out of Cloud Express HQ with Cypher turning off the GPS.
• The group discusses the merits of investigating BlasTech Industries or Lutrillian Imports/Exports.
• Cypher looks up the addresses and background of both businesses and sees if he can find a W. Vollyn and M. Ahal. Nothing for W. Vollyn, but M. Ahal appears to be Maysano Ahal, the owner of Lutrillian Imports/Exports—a small business of about 20 employees.
• The general consensus of the group is that it would be wiser to investigate first Lutrillian Imports/Exports rather than poking around in the affairs of a galaxy spanning business like BlasTech Industries.
• Cypher remembers to call the astromech droid AU, and he arranges to meet the new droid visitor at a food court on the level where The Dauntless is.
• The party all gets some food and waits for the droid who approaches right on time and walks straight up to Cypher.
• The droid’s exterior is polished copper in color. He has a body similar to a protocol droid except for his head which is long like an IG-88 droid or a bullet. His body is somewhat transparent, and you can see some of his wires, gears, and circuitry. He has one eye photoreceptor that turns slowly and regards you.
• The droid introduces itself as M9-R5 or “Miner.” At the word “Miner,” it clicks for Cypher who this is. Cypher always thought Miner was an organic Alliance slicer like him, but it turns out that Miner is a droid. Cypher has had past dealings with this droid while doing work for the Alliance.
• Miner explains that he was sent to make contact with the party because the Alliance is no longer receiving regular reports from Captain Ruse or the Alliance contact on Cloud City.
• Cypher explains the current state of their mission and what is known about the disappearance of Captain Ruse and the Alliance contact.
• Miner stresses that finding out what happened to Captain Ruse and trying to rescue her if possible should be an important secondary mission for the group.
• Cypher offers up Waz’ data pad to see if Miner can squeeze any more information out of it. Miner accepts the data pad and indicates that he will start working on the data pad immediately once he is back at the ship with AU and checks in with the Alliance.
• Miner asks if the group needs anything else or has questions. Hei responds that some credits would be nice, say 300 credits. Miner looks over Hei and motions for Hei’s commlink. Hei hands it over and with a few key strokes Miner transfers 300 credits to Hei.
• Miner then leaves with the data pad.
• Huan decides that he should call Tav and ask her to meet them in the food court.
• Tav answers and indicates that she has to go to work in a couple of hours, but that she will be there in about 30 minutes.
• The group discusses next steps. It’s decided that trying to find Captain Ruse should be the next order of business followed by a trip to Lutrillian Imports/Exports to visit Maysano Ahal.
• Tav shows up, and Jam offers his seat to her.
• During the course of the conversation, Huan conveys that he is still skeptical about all of this.
• Hei asks her about her background and where she works as a nurse. It is consistent with her earlier story and seems to check out.
• During the conversation when she is not talking, Tav seems to enter a kind of meditative state and takes in the aura of each of the party members in turn.
• Tav offers up that she thinks the group may be working for the Alliance and would like to help in some way.
• She explains that she has some weak Force powers that may be of use.
• Jam explains that they are looking for a missing Echani woman named Captain Stella Ruse and her organic crew comprising of two human siblings and a Jawa: Colst , Kay, and Makk Su.
• Tav can’t promise anything but she offers to use her gifts to try and get any kind of clues about their whereabouts. She will try before she goes to work and after her shift.
• Huan is skeptical about all of this, but thanks her for any help she may be able to provide.
• As Tav gets up, she leans in close to Huan’s ear and whispers something to him. She then departs.
• The party leaves the food court and start making their way down into the lower maintenance levels of Cloud City.
• While traveling, Hei gets a call from Uncle Eddie.
• Uncle Eddie explains in somewhat slurred speech that he happened to be looking through the bounty postings for Cloud City and saw that there were very recent bounties posted for Hei’s companions. Two Imperial bounties: 5,000 credits for Jam alive and 1,000 credits for Gara alive. Their pictures, name information, and last known whereabouts outside the Pair O’Dice casino were detailed. Two Bounty Hunter’s Guild bounties: 2,500 credits for Cypher alive and 1,000 credits for Huan alive. No information about who posted the bounties or why. The bounties haven’t been marked by any bounty hunters indicating that they are claimed by a hunter who will be pursuing them. The only other information is whom to contact with the Empire and Bounty Hunter’s Guild if the hunt is successful.
• Hei thanks Uncle Eddies and looks up the bounties himself. It is as Uncle Eddie outlined. Hei comments to the party that this will make things more difficult, and time is running out on Cloud City. He also wonders why there isn’t a bounty posted on him.
• Following Uncle Eddie’s directions about where the guarded area and Zoz’s house are, the group continues to make their way down into the maintenance levels.
• The maintenance areas are hot, loud with clanking and hissing, shadowy, and smells of lubricants and heated metal.
• Hei leads the way and manages to deposit the party in an area near Zoz’s house. The party wants to try to talk to Zoz first.
• While the party sneaks their way closer towards Zoz’s house, Jam tries to keep his fine clothing clean and inadvertently is noticed by two Ugnaught workers who approach him curiously and casually brandishing large tools in their hands.
• Jam takes a knee and speaks with them at their level. Jam takes out his data pad and offers to give it to them in exchange for information.
• They can understand him, but Jam can’t understand them. One of them motions to hand over the data pad and brings up a translation program. The Ugnaught types his information in, and it is translated into Basic for Jam.
• Through a combination of charm and negotiation, Jam manages to learn the following from the Ugnaughts: Uncle Eddie was down here roughing up some Ugnaughts while looking for Zoz. The Ugnaughts banded together and chased off/beat up Uncle Eddie. The Ugnaughts were guarding Zoz’s house to protect him and his family from Uncle Eddie. An armored man with a blaster rifle and a cat woman have been seen down here but not recently. However, a human woman and a group of human men were seen down here more recently. The Ugnaughts ask why Jam is down here by himself and comment how it is not safe, but Jam brushes off the question and steers the conversation elsewhere. Jam asks about the labor dispute among the Ugnaughts that he has heard about. The two Ugnaughts are reluctant to talk about this internal matter, but Jam’s soothing talk and empathy convinces them to let down their guard. They explain that the labor dispute is about one faction of Ugnaughts insisting that the tibanna gas equipment be maintained and function to exacting specs as it always has while the other faction complains that the equipment keeps not functionally properly and has to be fixed repeatedly. When the fixes are done, the fixes aren’t quite up to the exacting specs. The whole dispute is essentially a quality dispute about the equipment and how it functions. High quality versus good enough quality.
• Jam thanks the Ugnaughts for the information and gives them his data pad. The Ugnaughts walk off happily towards their work tasks.
• Jam explains what he learned to the rest of the party once they emerge from the shadows.
• 9:00 PM. The party continues to advance stealthily towards Zoz’s house.

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