Orphans of The Light

Bending the Light: Session 6
Addi's tale

What was I thinking! Protect the children that attacked me from a flying droid? That surge of adrenaline, the force bind… something strange about it. I'm not used to the power. But that power. But my arm is now broken, but Fawn has mended it for now.

But where is she going?! No time to yell out, just pick up a few of these explosives and off we go! Fawn is looking for something in a cage and the Tusken female is not moving no matter what Fawn is saying.  The bind. I should try again. No! Again, too strong. I don't want to hurt you, but my friend needs that cage for whatever reason and I'm not going to question now. We need to move and get out fast. Fawn is pulling me but my foot slips, I'm separated now as she and the cage move beyond the crowd of confused and angry Tuskens. I need to get back up and move.

FYOR! I'm not going to be much help, I need more healing. And there is a chieftain moving out to challenge Fyor to single combat. I hope something happens soon, Fyor will not back down because he's like a big brother to me, he wouldn't let anything happen to me. I know he blames himself for his sister's disappearance.

There's a roar, my ears! It must be Samman! So glad he's back with the group. What are these Tuskens looking toward?  Someone else is using the Force on them… Zaam?! Must be an illusion.  We're all getting powerful, but at what cost. We need a masters help. We are young and impatient. I see it in myself, in all of us. So Fyor and I run we make it back to the entrance.

What now, they all say. Into the cave and I hand out an explosive. Collapse the entrance! And we are back inside the network of tunnels.  Ah, some more healing for me and everyone is back on track.  Zaam seems to be upset at us for jumping into the fray, I cannot blame him.  Fawn's Geejaw as I think it's called helped her out and seems to already have bonded with her.  Such powers we have. 

Back up to the oldest tomb we go. Water… they were water people here. What happened, we can't tell but someone powerful with the dark side, must be. Wiped them out? Enslaved?  Samman is picking up the sword. I… he… he seems different, still coming from the light, but again, we are all drifting to the dark far more than we would under a master's tutelage.  This may not end well, but we let Samman keep the sword for now. We agree to go on into the tombs and use some charges to force through to the other side.  I'm getting pretty good with these charges!

Shell doors… more water themes. Older swords with crystals and tombs. A very light side of the Force was at work with these people. Fawn takes up the sword, but we hear someone coming. Zaam quickly circles around and scares the intruder. It's just Em and now she's crying. Good job, Zaam. We get her to calm down… well as much as she is calm.  Such a hyper kid. Then we're shocked, she heard singing, like Fawn did earlier. Is she Force sensitive? She must be! We follow the singing. The Force here feels different, more primal. Less of a light and dark side, something we don't know. Then Ems is talking in a different voice, "What they do on the surface will bring darkness to all". We're all mystified now. We need to get back to the ship, see what is going on. But we see in this tomb, a giant pearl and a mural of a Krayt dragon all around the room.  It was not visible in our normal lighting.  We start to take it, but think better of it.  We need to get back out of here.

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Session Five: Who Lies Beneath

The morning after their arrival at the Place began with a bang. Then a boom. Then the entire cave tried to crush those taking refuge within. Seismic activity rolled through the cavern and rained deadly rocks onto its inhabitance. Through some amazing piloting and turbo laser work, the Jedi rescued an out-of-control ship and prevented it from crashing into the refugee camp.

The earthquakes weren't natural – something that the Empire was doing on the surface was sending tremors across Tatooine.

Meanwhile, the Place had a new, unwanted exit. On the back wall, where the fungus farms were located, there was a large whole into the larger cave network. Something came out of there and abducted Samman's surly Ugnaut friend. Cha Ffo asked the characters to investigate.

After following the tracks for more than a mile, the characters found themselves in a series of tombs. These seemed to have been carved for a civilization that lived beneath long-forgotten waters of Tatooine. Within one sacrophagus Fawn found an old sword that radiated power …and a desire for more power yet.

Exploration was cut short by sounds of skirmish. Further down the rows of tombs the characters discovered a Tusken camp, set up around a tiny pool, that was besieged by Imperial dwarf spider droids and probes. The Ugnaut had been forgotten when his captors engaged the larger threat. He was in rough shape but alive.

The characters dispatched the droids – but not before Adi broke her arm in an uncharacteristically bold move. Now the characters must decide how to handle the Tusken, the tombs, as well as the promise of more Imperials looking for their missing droids.

 

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Session Four: The Place

The characters arrive at "the place" – a large cavern hidden in the deepest sections of the Old Zan Hills canyon range. It is a refuge for those hoping to avoid both the Hutts and the Empire.

The cavern is immense. Around twenty ships are parked here, with a tent city erected on the back half of the space.  It is lead by a Kel Donn named Cha Ffo. With Yil Ekbo vouching for them, Ffo is wary but accepting. His second in command, Kena Tche'vu is even more suspicious, but she's a Bothan so nobody is particularly surprised by this. Kena takes an interest in Zaam, and she politely interrogates the younger Bothan.

Meanwhile, Samman Opho makes a friend. A solitary Ugnaut tends to the fungus gardens.

Yil's child Em Ekbo is interested in the Jedi and their new ship. She is a light of enthusiasm in an otherwise tense location.

Fyor agrees to assist with repairing moisture vaporators that have been hidden among the canyon walls. These feed vital water back to the place. He finds out why the vaporators are damaged, as Tusken scouts take potshots at Fyor while he dangles high above the canyon floor.

Meanwhile, the Imperials continue to do …something… far above.

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Session 1: Gas & Go
In which our heroes light sabers and then burn rubber

In their time on Green Star, the idea of "evaluate, utilize, cooperate, survive" became instinctual to our heroes. In this manner they pushed away the cloud of emotions in leaving Green Star and blasted out of orbit.

Because of their location in uncharted Wildspace, the heroes could only rely on the previous series of jump coordinates to get back into the Outer Rim. Even the eldest of the Jedi felt dread in their souls as the stars stretched and the ship catapulted to light speed. Regardless of the decade since their crash, memories were all-too-fresh of their previous vessel being dumped, durasteel screaming and disintegrating, out of hyperspace.

When the Decimator failed to explode, the Jedi eventually got to work exploring their new ship. While the craft didn't give up its secrets easily (or entirely), they did find supplies, weapons, and most interestingly a supply of various uniforms. One person even found a handbook of sorts for "The Galactic Empire." Was this another breakaway from the Republic? How many civil wars must the Republic wage before all are united again?

It took several days to reach the final jump point in this series: a mostly abandoned cargo station above a rusted and radioactive manufacturing world. All signs pointed to a former Separatist unregistered military site. More importantly, there was a Republic cruiser on the far side of the planet. Or was it Republic? 

Regardless, the Decimator was running low on the gas, so the heroes docked at the station.

The Bothan and Nautolan entered the small, shabby "welcome area" of the port, found a bar, and then proceeded to get into a fight.

After that it was all fleeing and blasters, hacking terminals and hacking at docking clamps. Fyor lit his saber to both protect his friends and strike back at those who would endanger them. Fawn blocked their pursuer's from the gangplank as the Decimator pulled away from the station. 

Now they were back in space, fueled up and ready to go …somewhere. But wasn't there something about a Cruiser? And what are those spherical ships heading toward them?

 

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