Three days before the events of episode 97. Knight Corraun Jax receives a holo from the Padawans on Taris; Shad Jelahvan, Gharn, Oojah, Kamlin and Zayne Carrick. They inform their good friend Jax that they are finally being allowed to take their Knight trials in a few days, even Zayne. Jax wishes them the best. Kamlin privately asks Corraun to pass on a record message to her and he agrees.
In a hurry Jax reluctantly takes his Padawan Lavhan Tala to the galactic senate for an important vote to declare war on Mandalore or not. The attendance both of voting senators and concerned parties is impressive. Jax has never seen it this full before. From where they are standing they can see three levels down, Master Andor Dulwen.
Dozens of senators float forward to speak. 50/50 cases are made. The last speaker is Senator Tyan Duna of Koravon and chairmen of the Republic Security Council. His speech touches on the many atrocities that have been committed in the last two years under the orders of Mandalore the Ultimate. (It’s a long list already mentioned in several previous episodes including glass bombings). The list ends with the savage near genocide of the Cathar.
The thousands of attendees are hanging on to each of his words has he speaks humbly of his personal experience battling the Mandolarions. Tyan speaks about how wars should be avoided at all costs and every diplomatic options must be tried again and again.
Tyan’s speech “The Galactic Republic is the symbol of hope and civility in the galaxy, and we cannot continue to stand by while the rest of the galaxy suffers at the hands of those who spread violence like a plague. Many learned senators have spoken today stating that this is not our fight, with the exception of a few skirmishes there has been no direct attack on Republic worlds. This is true, but the rest of the galaxy does not have the strength to stop them or defend themselves. Since the founding of the Galactic Republic and for thousands of years the strong have been called on to protect the weak, it may not be fair, but it is our honor and our privilege to do so. In my heart I know this senate will vote with their hearts and make our founding fathers proud.”
Voting is concluded an hour later. 1746 for, 426 against and 28 abstained or un-voted. The SC Bal’garn announces that the petitioned Declaration of war against Mandolore has passed. Cheers and rumbling feet echo in the grand hall.
While Jax and Tala are discussing what this means to the Jedi Master Andor joins them. Andor hints that he doesn’t believe the High Council’s position will change, now that the Republic has declared war. The Jedi are defenders and not in the business of starting wars.
Scene changes to the next day. Corraun is contacted by Cmd. Emlik Corcer about an investigation his office was conducting rooting out republic military security leaks. He made an arrest early this morning on a young LT. who was selling classified information to multiple entities. Most of the info sold was nearly outdated and of little threat. Info useful to win future military bids and contracts.
We finally broke him and learned that he had sold information on the HRT-01 Scanner to the pirate Davian Raxus. The information did not include specs or plans thank the force, only its prototype capabilities and…its field testing capabilities.
Corcer says, “Six days ago Lt. Hannik Yoult provided all recent field reports and locations that the field team had been sending back. I’ve tried to contact The Rogue Star for the last three hours with no success. The last communication was yesterday. I’m is sending available Republic vessels to their last known location, but with the senate’s vote for war I have little resources to spare on what could be something as simple as hyperspace com failure. But I thought it best to let you know.”
Corraun attempts to speak with the High Council, but they are preoccupied with the republic going to war. He manages to walk with Andor between meetings and asks permission to check on Knight Sans since the Jedi through Corraun took responsibility for the proto type scanner. Andor grants permission and authorize him to take an impounded pirate transport that is just taking up storage space. It’s called The Wookies’ Paw. Tala is please to finally be going out on assignments again.
Scene changes to 13 hours after the conclusion of episode 98. The Wookie’s Paw drops out of hyperspace reaching the last known coordinates. As they start scanning the area of The Rogue Star, the holo message lights up. The message from Its Cmd. Corcer, time stamp 9 hours ago. “Knight Jax, I’ve just received a republic encrypted long range holo message from Corporal Fenn Iris. The encryption and identifiers appear to be authentic. The specialist reports the team has been captured by Davian Raxus and taken to an unknown sector, they have partially escaped and are attempting to hide out in the canyons of a nearby planet. The HRT01 along with Senator Cana is still in Raxus’ custody. I’m requesting immediate assistance. Further commutations will continue as possible.”
Corcer continues “We have a trace on the origin of the signal. (Provides the exact coordinates), with the war effort I don’t have any resources I can redeploy to that sector in less than four days.”
Jax does a quick nav calculation that puts called The Wookies’ Paw two days away and calls Corcer. Cmd Corcer gives Jax the encryption code to receive any more SOS when in the sector.
Next scene is now present time. Raxus has found what he is looking for. He sets down The Rogue Star, invites Eva to join him. She refuses and he has his guards grab her. T3 beeps at him as they exit the ship. Two other Raxus ships landed as well. Stepping out seeing a mountain with evidence of long again bombardment damage. Closer look reveals a large blast door built into the mountain, but huge slates of the surrounding mountain is abstracting the door. Raxus with Elix Holgar seem very sure this is what he is looking for. A small shuttle lands and one of the pirates report that comms are down. Eva smiles at this, “trouble”. A short time later another landing party arrives with news for Raxus. They detail the following:
The prisoners attempted an escape. They destroyed the tractor beam and did something to the coms array. It’s not destroyed, but all of the process and protocols have been overridden. The verpine say it could take a few days to a week to correct. The pretty one Leeloo and the Mandolorian where captured alive, but heavily wounded on Deck 4.
The three republic techs and the cyborg escaped with Razor III, but our pilots lost them in the canyons. They killed nearly sixty men in the escape attempt.
Raxus is furious and looking like he’ll kill the messenger. Quickly continuing. “We did stop the Jedi Knight, in fact he was dying, but he was saved by Doctor Stryver.” Raxus seems surprised by this. “Dr. Stryver requests your permission to test his new Phan-Vita Stims on the prisoners. He asked me to remind you that his progress has greatly decreased since you stopped letting him experiment on the crew.”
Take the following orders back to Trega says Raxus. Leeloo is still to be traded to the Hapians as planned and I want her in pristine condition. Place her in my personal Kolto tank and guarded by no less than six men. Tell Dr. Stryver to do whatever he wants with the Knight and mando. Provide me with security down here and I need a mining crew to clear these blast doors.
The pirate messenger leaves. Eva over hears Raxus talking to Elix and estimating 2-3 days to clear the fallen rock face. Elix seems surprise and says “warship weapons can clear is in minutes”. Raxus explains that it’s impossible to tell what structural damage could be with in and he’ll not risk the prize inside.
Elsewhere on the moon Pok is standing guard outside a large cave looking for bat patrols. Fenn is hugging Lakke professing how scared he was for her. She’s relieved to be alive. After a little bit they both tend to Kal’s immediate wounds. Looking around the ship reveals it better stocked then then Razor Two. Plenty of weapons and a private state room with signs that it belongs to Trega they find Kolto Packs. These packs can be put on Kal’s worst wound. He’ll be tired and need to rest a lot, but can heal him nearly as good as a full tank. Nothing they can do about his cyber limbs. Fenn uses parts of the ship to set up a relay repeating message for when help arrives.
Ten hours later Pok comes back after scouting with news that Raxus is mining into some kind of mountain door. The Rogue Star, with Hyperion and Senator Cana is also there. There are too many to conduct an assault in their current condition, but it looks like it take a while. This should be enough time for the Calvary to arrive. For now Kal should heal up and Pok keep monitoring Raxus and lay low.
Back on The Razor’s Edge. Knight Sans and Kelborn laid out on tables in a medical bay, still suffering from severe wounds. A doctor is looking them over with much interested. A male snivvian medical assistant is there and says, “Doctor Stryver shall I get your Phan-Vita formula ready for injection?” “No, a Mandolorain and a Jedi Knight are rare test subjects with their current wounds the reparative portion would either work or not, but I want to test the mental effects over several doses. Their mental fortitude should allow for three or even four before they go insane. Give them a day in the Kolto tanks then we’ll begin.”
The two heroes just get minor flashes of this. Including glimpses of Dr. Stryver and Samell the Snivvian taking readings. After a day they are awaken again wet from Kolto tanks and on tables in restraints.
Before they fully realize what’s going on Kelborn is given an injector of translucent glowing green fluid. The pain is horrific, like napalm running through their veins. The pain is nearly unbearable. Knight Sans feigns being asleep still, but it doesn’t matter he is given a dose as well. The terrible doctor and assistant are documenting both the healing effects along with heart and brainwave monitors. At one point Samell says about the Jedi “this one is about to pop”.
For the heroes it’s difficult to say how long the pain goes on for. Time seems nearly infinite, but finally the sweet relief of passing out or death comes. Either is better than the pain. When they next awake their wounds are much better, but they awake with an adrenaline fight or flight high, hands shaking. The Doctor orders them to be given a sedative to “even” them out before the next treatment.
Kelborn puts up a brave façade and Sans asks what they are being injected with. Dr. Stryver tells them it’s a reparative stim I call Phan-Vita. When perfected it’ll change battle field medicine forever. More specifically it’s a cocktail of several normal healing chems, and extracted glands from a Phangoric thyroid and liver. These enzymes causes rapid development in a subjects: Collagen, fibroblast, Lipoxins & resolvins. This promotes rapid healing, but that is only enough to stabilize a dying solider. I wanted to create a stim that would take a dying soldier and put him back into the action immediately.
Unfortunately the body only repairs so much this way before transferring from repair of tissue to regenerating completely new cells, which is much slower. So I’ve added poison to my formula so the body will be trapped in a constant state of rapid repair opposed to creating new cells. The scaring is worse of course and the adrenaline shakes affects combat efficiency, but the true hurdle is the pain. So far subjects given full doses to repair their wounds enough to get up, go mad from the pain.
Samell jumps in and says “some shoot themselves in the head”. Stryver continues One day we may go up as high as five parts of a dose, but I really don’t know if that would take. Still strapped down Samell gives out 3-part doses, first to the Jedi then to the Mando. The pain is even greater than before and eventual they pass out.
The next time they awake, they are alone in the medical bay and imagine that they next dose could either kill them or case them to lose their minds. They also suffer from terrible hand tremors. Alone in the room the two try to escape. Sans uses the force in a new way to him and even while tied up manages to use the force to rip off some of the straps. He quickly grabs his light sabers and dresses before freeing the Mando. Kelborn’s armor is found in a drawer.
The two continue to bicker at one another both wishing they were partnered with anyone else. They capture two pirates and question them about current events and how to get off of the ship. Knight San’s promises to let them live if they answer all his questions. The only ships leaving are shuttles of relief miners. Kelborn sedates them and strap them down on the medical tables. While Sans is distracted on look out, Kelborn arranges the room and equipment and sets the two unconscious pirates on fire. They awake just before dying.
Knight Sans is appalled and upset with Kelborn who explains now it looks like “we” died due to an accident, which will give them more time to exit the ship. Sans says they could have found another way to achieve the same goal. Even more upset at one another they dress as pirates and head to the shuttles.
Once on the moon they see the Rogue Star and Senator Cana. Sans tells Kelborn that he believes Kal and some of the others are likely hiding out and that Leeloo is either dead or still on board of the Razor’s Edge. Kelborn is upset that Sans waited till off the ship before telling him. They agree to work together a little while longer to see their separate goals achieved. In the meanwhile they are helping with the mining and maintaining cover.
The Wookie’s Paw drops from hyperspace and immediately sees Raxus’s Flagship the Razor’s Edge. And vice versa. No hails come from the capital ship. Quickly Six Verpine Bats are headed their way. Unknown if it’s to attack or investigate. Before the bats get to them, Jax received another SOS and uses the encryption to learn Fenn has a signal on a loop with specific coordinated of where they are hiding out on the planet.
There is a chase between The Wookie’s Paw and the bats. The Wookie’s Paw is heavily damaged, and they take out three Bats before losing the rest in the canyons. Only going to the coordinates once they are sure they lost them. Corraun, Tala meet up with Kal, Fenn, Lakke, and Kal. They share the bad news about Leeloo is captured or worse and where Cana is held. Then it’s Jax’s turn to give bad news it’ll be two more days before the Republic military will arrive and with Pok’s spying he knows they’ll be down mining soon, today maybe. Raxus could be long gone before Republic warships arrive. Fenn is also pretty sure their coms will be back up soon and hiding will be more difficult and could call for their own back up.
By now Pok has done a lot of spying and knows the forces numbers. A formidable size, also the droid patrol schedule. The plan to take out one of the AR-9s quietly and use its arms to repair Kal. Jax and Tala quickly destroy the droid. Kal and Fenn get to work on the arms. Then there is a loud crack from the distance. Once they reach the mining operation they find it much changed from this morning. They find it open, and several of the guards gone. Only a handful left and pirate minors.
Earlier Sans and Kelborn were present when the mining was complete and the blast doors opened. Seeing the bulk of guards enter with Raxus they started preparations to hi-jack a shuttle. Kelborn helped dismantle the laz-cutter and tampered with the charge packs for a much needed distraction later.
Corraun and Lavhan charged into the clearing battling the guards and pirates while Kal laid down covering fire allowing Pok, Fenn and Lakke to get to the Rogue Star. Kelborn’s explosion went off and afford them a chance to draw their hidden weapons and join the fight. Tala was knocked to the ground and stunned by an AR-9 droid. Jax noticed that Knight Sans could have made an effort to help her, but choose to press the assault instead. Kal managed to snipe the droid before it could have done serious damage to the young girl.
Once the dust settled Sans explained that Raxus, Elix and 20 guards entered the mountain with Senator Cana. Kelborn tried to talk the others into leaving Eva behind and instead go after Leeloo. San’s promised once they saved the Senator he would help save Leeloo. Pok was insist on going, but would wait with the HRT01 and leave if threatened. Jax spoke with T3 who would override the controls and not leave without Eva. Fenn and Lakke volunteered to accompany them and rescue Senator Cana.
Once inside they quickly see it’s an old factory. Only emergency lighting is on. It also seems to have suffered a severe amount of damage. One hallway to the left is completely collapsed in. To the right around a bend they see through shattered interior windows what was once a factory floor is 90% caved in. Impossible to tell what they once were manufacturing here.
The hall way ends at a door. Behind this door is a small control room, with one exit, most of the wall monitors are off or broken, only two are on, but immediate attention goes to the pirates in the room. They quickly dispatch four pirates and take a closer look at the two monitors. One is a map of the factory and the second is a image of what this factory used to manufacture. Knights Jax and Sans recognize this as Krath War Droids, which were designed decades ago to kill Jedi and were responsible for many Jedi deaths on Denaba, include a Jedi Master. Great care was taken by the order to destroy all of these droids. An army of these droids could make Raxus a galactic threat.
The single door from opposite side of the room leads into a hallway and to a wider door. It opens and has a ramp going down to the factory floor. Looks like a similar size room as the first, but this one isn’t collapsed, although there are lots of deep cracks in the rocky ceiling. The lighting is worse in this big open spot, but there are small lights on two more ramps going up to higher sections with exit doors that have control panels giving off some light. In between on the floor are rows and rows of deactivated menacing Krath War Droids.
While nervously walking through the rows of droids Kal and Kelborn spot hidden pirates waiting in ambush. The open fire, but the dozen pirates are difficult to hit taking cover. After the heroes get the upper hand on the pirates Raxus addresses them from the room’s control booth. He had bought and stolen a lot of information over the years to learn of a lost treasure trove hidden somewhere on the 2nd moon of Mozos in the Empress Teta system. The rumors said there was a secret factory of Krath War Droids there that were for Satal Keto’s personal use, but was thought destroyed and left forgotten. This moon’s mountainous terrain makes normal sensors’ nearly useless. But when he got wind of a new advance scanner from the republic and word it’s out being tested he now had his chance.
All of the doors lock, trapping them in this factory room and Raxus continues “Now it’s time to see them in action.” His men on the factory floor look scared as they are trapped in as well. Then slowly a Krath War Droids comes online and runs its blade hand straight through a pirate’s chest. The heroes have to divide their attention between the pirates and the Jedi killing droid. More KWDs come on line. Jax and Tala attempt to hold them off while convincing the pirates that they’ll die too. Kal, Lakke and Fenn focus on the higher ground pirates still attacking them. Knight Sans tangles with a KWD for a few moments before leaving the others behind without warning or word and goes after Raxus.
The KWDs are formidable with their blades, speed and pulse wave bows. They seem to target the greatest threat and several focus on Padawan Tala. Corraun time after time defends for her. As more come online they attack closer targets including Fenn & Lakke. Kelborn jet packs to their aide and tangos with two KWD for a long while even though his blaster bolts bounce harmlessly off of their carbonite shells.
Knight San eventually gets into the control room and stops Raxus from activating any more KWDs, but Raxus is not alone. While being attacked by multiple disruptors he continues to destroy the control equipment. Tala joins San and rescues an unconscious Eva Cana handing her off to Kal. She asks tells San if he wants help, he’ll have to ask. He doesn’t ask and she returns to fight the remaining KWDs. Sans and Raxus square off and Raxus manages to grab ahold of Sans’ throat with his power glove. Sans attempts to break free using the force, but the power glove is too strong. Raxus pleased with himself rants on about how technology is more powerful than the force. Kelborn is eventually swarmed and overwhelmed the Pulse Wave Bows penetrate enough of his armor to wound him severely. Just as the others are finishing off the last droid Jedi Sans concentrates in the force and breaks free, but is shot by a guards disruptor bolt and then shot by a carbine while unconscious.
Jax and Tala finish off the remaining pirate guards and square off against Raxus. He battles back with a disruptor pistol and his cortosis power glove, but it’s his personal force field which proves the most difficult for the two Jedi. The battle is a stalemate, until Kal joins in. His blaster rifle blasts are enough to knock Raxus to the ground and weaken his shielding. Once his force field deactivates and has two Jedi standing over him, he offers a deal.
Raxus and Elix’s freedom for the return of Leeloo, The Rogue Star and the Hyperion. Corraun knowing rescuing Leeloo from a pirate ship of 1100 will be no easy feat, accepts the trade. Kelborn is stabilized, but Knight Sans is barely alive (lost a force point). Once in the Rogue Star Jax gives the order to fire a turret at the mountain. With the existing damage the factory is crushed under the mountain’s weight. Raxus is crestfallen over what could have been.
The trade takes place just at the border of weapons range of The Razor’s Edge. A pirate transport docking with The Rogue Star. This way while connected the Rogue Star would be an easy target, but once separated it would be hard to hit and doesn’t need far to make the jump to hyperspace. Leeloo is wheeled onboard while still floating in Raxus’s personal Kolto tank. Raxus lives up to his end of the bargain, but tells Knight Jax that this will not be forgotten. The heroes quickly make a jump to hyperspace.
A few hours later Corraun is talking to Kal and Tala in the cockpit, and suddenly drops to a knee as his legs buckle. In the Kolto tank Leeloo’s eyes open. They feel a horrible crying out of pain, agony and fear from Shad, Gharn, Oojoh and Kamlin, then it’s gone. Their live forces extinguished.
End of session.
Important Introductions & Firsts:
The Republic Galactic Senate declares war on Mandalore. The Wookie’s Paw. Doctor Stryver, Samell, Phan-Vita Stim, Krath War Droid Factory, Knight Sans Sedare loses a Force Point. Jedi; Shad, Gharn, Oojah and Kamlin all die.