Star Wars: Hope's Rebirth

Session 6: Trouble in Sal'Kassa, Part 1

The players earned a significant milestone this session.

Having crash landed on Ryloth, the crew of the Gamera managed, with the help of a local tribe, to drag their wounded vessel to the nearby town of Sal’kassa. There, Aleena managed to find a simple parts dealer. Unfortunately he didn’t have everything she needed, and she didn’t have the resources for everything he did have, so a deal was struck. If she recovered his lost apprentice (whom he suspected was lost to the slave trade), Aleena could get the parts at a reduced rate. Also, he pointed to a crashed Republic Star Destroyer sticking halfway out of some nearby mountains, suggesting that if they wanted to risk themselves, they could find quite a few parts there.

While Aleena was parts shopping, Master Odak took Ryyhash to a natural phenomenon known as the floating rock garden. There was a cave in the area particularly strong in the dark side. He wanted his apprentice to enter the cavern as a trial. After some convincing, he brought Ashla Vashee along as well, though he was still concerned about her violent tendencies. Cormick accompanied the trio as well.

Entering separately, Ryyhash soon encountered anger and fear as the cavern used his own memories against him. Ashla, on the other hand, faced Xod. She quickly realized that he wasn’t an illusion of the cave, but the actual Hand, come for her. Ryyhash sensed the difference and was able to come to her aid. Outside, Master Odak realized something was wrong, and Cormick rushed into the caverns to help out. Together they fought against the dark jedi. Finally, Ashla tackled Xod over a cliff, tumbling away with him into darkness…

Back in town, Aleena had decided to explore the crash Star Destroyer. With Kaviss and Scout, she set out into the desert. Nearing the wreck, they spotted a small, crude hut. Within they found Toby, an old clone commander from the Old Republic. After a lengthy conversation they discovered he had disobeyed Order 66 and had gone into hiding. Realizing his tactical knowledge and experience could help the Rebellion, Kaviss and Aleena convinced him to join their side. After a lengthy and heated debate, the old man reluctantly agreed. He would start to pack up the few of his belongings he could take with him while they explored the downed ship.

Back in the caverns, Cormick and Ryyhash made their way down to Ashla, who had survived the fall. No trace of Xod was found save for his lightsaber, which Cormick pocketed. The trio then sought him out in the caves, hoping to put an end to him once and for all. However, they instead found themselves in the prow of the crashed Star Destroyer, which had buried itself partly within the caverns. At the same time, Aleena and Kaviss were working their way into the aft of the ship, which rose like a monolith from the side of the mountain. After a battle with some particularly vicious Doashim, they managed to meet in the center.

Time passed, and eventually Aleena decided to do some digging. She found the junk yard’s apprentice was being held by Vienne, a local slaver, leader of the community, and sometime ally of the Ankwas Kajidic. As a whole, the group headed to the slaver’s territory.

This is where things took a turn. Amidst the slaves being held, the group recognized people they thought they had rescued on Delaya, though it turned out Aleena herself had sold them, and they were now in Vienne’s hand. Ryyhash, raised a Wookiee, had an intense hatred for slavers, and was becoming agitated. Also, Cormick saw a captured Mandalorian and was set on helping her gain her freedom.

Kaviss, to alleviate his friend’s discomfort, offered to buy the slaves and grant them freedom. Cormick, meanwhile, realized that a Mandalorian would never accept being bought as a way to be free, and so, with Vienne’s permission, was going to stage an escape so the enslaved Mando could keep her honor intact. Ryyhash was unaware of this staging, and when he saw a slave fighting for freedom, he leapt in to help. This caused more guards to leap in, and the entire scene devolved into bantha poodoo. Eventually, Vienne gassed the room, knocking out heroes, slaves, and guards alike to keep the situation from getting more bloody. Apologizing, Aleena added the damages to her debt to her mother, and the group returned to the ship.

Upon awaking, Ryyhash and Kaviss exchanged harsh words with Aleena, and the session ended with Ryyhash storming off to a cantina while Aleena grabbed her tools and set to work angrily repairing the ship. In the debacle, she had indeed managed to rescue the enslaved apprentice and got the parts she needed from the dealer.


Now that I’ve had time to clear my head by getting away from everyone, I can regain my thoughts on what just transpired…

Ashla and I went to a cave for apparently some “spiritual” training only to encounter that Zod fellow again. I give him this, he is unrelenting, but annoying as well! We managed to defeat him only with Ashla nearly sacrificing herself by taking them both over the crevice of a chasm! It was reckless, but brave. I believe she is starting to go down the right path that Odak wanted her to go down!

Cormick and I managed to find her and came across the ruins of a derelict Old Republic capital ship…with several inhabitants inside. We managed to find the rest of the group and get the parts we needed for the Gamorah. We also apparently picked up a new ally, a clone from the days of the Clone Wars! I never thought I’d actually see one as I was led to believe they all died out! We managed to make it back to the ship without any further problems. However, it seems our problems just started.

Kaviss had made a deal to rescue a slave in exchange for the rest of the ship parts he needed. They apparently kept this a secret from me as long as they could in fear of my reaction. In retrospect, they were justified in doing so.

I was appalled that a Twi’lek would betray her own people in dealing them off to slavery! Granted, most were human, but there were some of her species as well! But it got worse! It appeared that our young “ally” had traded some of the slaves we’ve rescued a while back! However, it got worse…Cormick revealed to me that my own brother, Rykkaec, has entered the slave trade. Likely to profit his personal war against the empire and other slavers! What an abhorration! The thought of a Wookiee, my brother of all Wookiees, had betrayed the ideals of our own kind and began dealing with slavers! That made me angrier than anything! So many wrongs by people I am connected to have been committed! I felt a surge within me to right those wrongs! Kaviss did his best to help rectify the problem diplomatically, I do admire him for that, however when the one slave tried escaping, I could not stand by and decided to take action!

The emancipation of the slaves ended almost as quickly as it began. The slaver was well prepared for such a situation. Apparently, our little slicer “friend” stood by with her slaver buddies and watched without lifting a finger. My suspicions were justified as I saw where her true allegiances were at! It did not matter however as I fought to my last breath!

I can recall being mystified that when I woke up and without a slave collar in the safety of the Gamorah. I half expected to find myself in a slave pen with her walking away with the reward money for turning in a Force user or “Jedi” as she often refers to me. I was still angry and felt betrayed, my head still ringing from the effects of the gas. Plus, I realized there were still slaves that needed rescuing and help in getting off of the planet. Mast- Odak surprised me in offering to aid me in releasing and helping the slaves, I accepted his help graciously. However we were blocked by Cormick and Aleena. I did not care to talk to either of them. I did not want to hear the “moral” lessons from a mercenary who claims he cares yet he still won’t offer to lift his trigger finger unless Kaviss opens up his pockets. What I did was reckless? Pah! Put his relative in danger! She was already in danger the moment she broke the guards’ necks! Aleena then started lecturing me! The nerve of that child! She has no idea how slavery can break up families, ruin lives, and worst of all, ruin a person’s hope and spirit. She was lucky I didn’t kill her on the spot! I was not afraid of Cormick or what his response would be, by the time he would have reacted, she would have been dead and perhaps then, the both of us would follow! However, she is still just a child and I stayed my hand. It was wise of them to move out of my way when I was not going to “debate” with them any further.

As I think back now, I realized she did say something…that she was a slave herself. She reveres her slimy Hutt “mother” so much, yet she is a slave? As I had time to think this over, I realize that even though she can handle herself well in the “underworld of the universe”, she is still probably a scared child that is alone and has no one to turn to but her mercenary friend.

Perhaps when I finish helping these former-slaves, I will have to try to work things out with the child and the tin man with a more calm and collected frame of mind. However, I will make it clear to her that if she wants my help in getting her out of her debt. She will no longer partake in putting any other people into binds OR betray anyone in our group’s trust! Cormick’s protective threats be damned! If there is ever a violation of trust again, we will all die together! Their first mistake was to believe that I was ever one of those “Jedi” they claim me to be!

Aleena is so young yet; I truly hope she can change for the better so she can have a brighter future for herself….I even hope that Cormick can be reunited with his family someday, the Force knows, I understand the pain of being separated from loved ones all too well.


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