Star Wars: Rebellion

Behind the Curtain 1

Behind the Curtain

Exactor

The Star Destroyer Exactor, second in a line of newly minted Imperator class naval vessels, emerged from hyperspace and inserted into orbit, its spiked bow aimed at the former Separatist world Murkhana. In his quarters aboard the capital ship now under his personal command, Darth Vader, gloved and artificial right hand clamped on the hilt of his new light saber, knelt before a larger than life hologram of Emperor Palpatine. It has been four weeks since the Empire formed.
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Palaptine – This is an important time for you, Lord Vader. You are finally free to make full use of your powers. If not for us, the Galaxy would not be restored to order. Your destiny will be fulfilled. You will have all you need, and more if you simply demonstrate your will to take it, at whatever cost to those who stand in your way.

(without revealing his distress at being unable to maintain the kneeling posture, Vader replies)

Vader – What are your orders, Master?

Palaptine – Word has reached me that a group of clone troopers on Murkhana may have deliberately refused to comply with Order sixty-six.

Vader – What was the cause of the troopers insubordination, Master?

Palpatine – Contagion. ::sneering:: Contagion brought about by fighting alongside the Jedi for so many years. Clone or otherwise, there is only so much a being can be programmed to do. Sooner or later even a lowly trooper will become the sum of his experiences. However, ::leaning in:: YOU will demonstrate to them the peril of independent thinking, Lord Vader, the refusal to obey orders.

Vader – To obey you, Master.

Palpatine – To obey US, my apprentice. Remember that.

Vader- Yes, my Master. ::pausing:: It’s possible, then, that some Jedi may have survived?

Palpatine – ::displeased:: I am not worried about your pathetic former friends, Lord Vader. Deal with the Clone Troopers, so others will see this as a reminder for the rest of their abbreviated lives they would do well to understand whom they truly serve.

::serious tone, possibly nudging Vader with the Force::

I shall do the same on Coruscant to establish our Institution with programs protected by law. We shall create programs relied on by the people. The law will advance our philosophy, our philosophy will advance the policy, and finally the policy will be used to control the people and bring order to the galaxy.

Vader – I understand ::pauses:: What of the Senate? The political activists?

Palpatine – I have given them a warning. Most are grateful to have been released from holding and have already fled to their home worlds. I will soon deal with the firebrands in the Senate… as for the dissidents well, steps have been taken to ensure the peoples “compliance”.

You see, Lord Vader, the easiest way to gain control of a population is to carry out acts of terror. The people will clamor for such laws if their personal security is threatened. ::laughs:: The people will turn on the Senators and do our work for us.

Vader – Yes, my Master.

Palpatine – It is time that you were revealed as my authority. I leave it to you to drive the point home.

Vader – It shall be as you command, my Master.

::Laughter::

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Session 1 Trouble Brewing

Session 1 Trouble Brewing

Xwinglanding

The story begins with Sen. Solo meeting with Bail Organa in regards to secretly establishing a link with credible smugglers who operate in the outer rim. He is tased with traveling to Formos and meeting with an Aqualish smuggler named Bandin Doobah (A ruthless smuggler with bounty’s on his head from the Empire and Hutts)

Prior to leaving on his mission the young Senator decided to employ a “man at arms” and after making some enquiries he was led to a young Mandolorian warrior who was “vacationing” on Alderaan; Mace Griffon of clan Ordo.Mando merc The two agreed on payment for the job and returned to their ship the Argus.

While preparing for their mission to Formos the ships piolot Herra decided to do some research on the planet and determined that water is at a premium. The ships loader droid was used to cut out chunks of glacier in the Northern remote area of the planet and store it in the cargo hold to sell on the arid planet later.

In route, the crew found a large black capsule with Imperial markings. After some trouble opening it, they were able to determine a living human was inside the canister. The human awoke with hibernation sickness but, recovered quickly. He remembered little of anything. Shorlty after, he began having flashbacks and snap shots of what had happened to him but nothing solid. He was able to retrieve some basic equipment from the capsule but nothing eluding to his past specifically.

The Argus landed on Formos Spaceport and Sen. Solo and Mace Griffon began their search. They visited with a few natives, learning what they could of the culture and climate (stopping a local con man who was masquerading as one of Dobah’s men and returning some of the credits he stolen to their rightful owners) of the town…later they found a badly damaged variant of the C 3p0 model named Jive-5. He told them a sad story of his master who planned to sell a secret hyperspace route that led away from the sector and was killed for it. The data was hidden in his counterpart astromech droid which had been taken on their way to the local Cantina. The Astromech droid was taken and he was left for “dead”. The Sen. decided to take the poor droid along and the trio made their way to RII Jenks Cantina where they spoke with Snoo, a Devarionian information broker garbed in red cultist robes who informed them of the location of the smugglers warehouse by pointing out a patron of the bar (A Toydarian) who works for a man named Dargo Blunt. A lieutenant of the man they are searching for. Sure enough, the creature flies right to the man… The Sen. approaches and enters the warehouse to find the Toydarian arguing with Blunt over something but, ceases upon noticing the uninvited guests. There is a brief stand off, which almost leads to violence, but is prevented with Solo’s charm (and a lot of credits). The LT. gives up his bosses whereabouts (a asteroid facility in Wild Space) and also secures a ride to the Mid Rim. There in the Warehouse the Sen. also fins the astromech droid which had been taken earlier from his new friend Jive-5. The Sen. immediately entered into a negotiation with Dargo for the droid and secured it for more credits. That is about the time the chaos began with a chirp of his com link and the sudden announcement to the town via loudspeaker to report to the spaceport dock or die by Imperial bombardment…

(Prior to…meanwhile)

The ships new crewmember KHAN begins talking with Trenna and Herra. The ship’s pilot using a contact from the tower control, begins negotiations with a local to purchase his water. However, the negotiations were interrupted when an Imperial Officer came upon the ship for a routine inspection, scarring the man away. The Imp Officer boarded the vessel and began asking many questions. Upon his search of the ship he found the Imperial Container that KHAN was in earlier. He examined and entered some data he found on the canister into his data pad and then immediately called for back up. “THIS IS A CODE 2, I REPEAT THIS IS A CODE 2!!!” after which, Herra gave the notice for all “crew” members to secure themselves in their quarters in restraining chairs. The officer furious at this announcement demanded answers and was ignored. As soon as the crew was secured (and by this time several Storm Tropers (hence forth ST) were arriving at the landing port)the ship lifted off, began spinning at incredible speeds and opened up the cargo bay releasing some of the melted ice (water fall like amount of fire hose style spray) hit the ST and knocked them over the guard rail of the landing pad to the rocky depths below. This maneuver also killed the officer in the hall near the capsule who was throw into the bulkheads and splattered over the ceiling…

After this the man in the control tower began a pained and frightened series of questions and assumptions with the ship’s pilot. (who answered all his questions honestly) Most of the conversation was sent out to the town… the end of which concluded with his public announcement that the Imperial would blame everyone involved, and shoot first and ask questions later. He declared an orbital bombardment was imminent as the Imp officer was dead, and the ST were murdered. He demanded to be taken off planet by Herra (who agreed; for everyone) and the evacuation began.

The crew traveled to Tith to “get rid of” all the passengers and removed 350 or the 400 they took on. From there they made their way to the asteroid to continue their search of Dobah…

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