We were missing Cormick’s character this session, so the Mandalorian went on a little side mission instead.
In the heroes’ last adventure, Kaviss Starshadow wound up getting drunk and finding himself married to an equally drunk—and later enraged—Jara, a bounty huntress intent on tracking him and the others down. While the pair had been arguing aboard the Gamera, Aleena Noliada thought it would be humorous to take off.
So, Jara found herself on Delaya, completely reliant on this group of misfits to get back to her ship in Coronet. Wishing to be rid of the Starshadow prince and put the embarassing incident behind her, she challenged Kaviss to a duel—a traditional Mandalorian way to divorce an unwanted spouse.
The group spent the night at the Starshadow Estates, avoiding the sponge-bath attention of the family servant, Helen. The next morning the group waited for Jara to show up, with Cormick to act as her second. However, neither of the Mandalorians showed. Cormick had heard (sadly, false) rumors that some of the remnants of the bounty hunter’s old clan were on the planet. Cormick had slipped out to investigate, and Jara had stealthily followed.
So, while they waited for a duel that wouldn’t come, Kaviss’ mother stormed out. Apparently, Scout, the youngest of the Starshadow children, had snuck away, following a wandering Ashla Vashee into the seedier districts of the planet.
Unfortunately, both the ex-operative and the teenage girl were captured. Scout was placed with other slaves to be sold off-world, while Ashla was seperated, put in a crate for a “special” buyer. The togruta, overcome with fear and anger, called upon the dark side to escape her prison, and when the group caught up with her, she was surrounded by a sea of carnage, choking the life from the last remaining guard.
Ryyhash Lighthawk was deeply concerned, but a confrontation over the matter would have to wait until the had freed Kaviss’ little sister. It wasn’t difficult. Ashla led them to where she knew the girl was held, and after a brief battle, freed Scout and the other slaves.
(This is why I love fate. At this point, Aleena’s player was out of Fate Points, and I compelled her aspect tying her in with slavers.) Scout went with the rest of the group while Aleena assured them she would get the others to safety. However, when she had the other slaves alone she passed them along to a slaver who worked for her mother and the Ankwas Kajidic.
The party returned to the young prince’s home to find that Cormick was there as well, although Jara had yet to come back. As they discussed their next move, Master Odak requested a quick trip to Ryloth, saying there was a series of caves there that he felt would help Ryyhash and Ashla with their connection to the Force.
The party agreed and—having currently forgot about the poor bounty huntress—left Delaya without Jara.
The trip was not a safe one, however, as they were yanked from hyperspace by an Interdictor and the I.S.S. Imperial Fist itself, captained by Kurz Tarkin. After a brief struggle, Aleena managed to remotely hack his ship again and disable the tractor beam. In his frustration, Kurz switched over to his point-defense laser system, blanketing the area around his ship with blaster fire—completely heedless of the squadron of his own TIE fighters he had sent out to deal with the Gamera.
In a show of daring piloting, Kaviss evaded the imperials, but the poor ship’s engines couldn’t handle the chase, and the overheated engines blew. After a brief but terrifying “landing” they were on Ryloth… with a dead ship and a stowaway. Much to Starshadow’s chagrin, his sister had stowed aboard before they left Delaya.