While enjoying the spoils of their recent exploits into the nebula, the crew became somewhat complacent and their past caught up with them. They received a last minute warning from Prospero that Dusan had finally found them and they needed to get out of the Reach… quick.
Without having a chance to complete the upgrades to their ship, they took to space not a moment too soon. Once they’d left Korphir, Prospero gave them some advice as to how to escape not just from Dusan, but from the Imperials as well,
The crew decided that Prospero’s vague promise of payment, was a damn sight better than hanging from one of Dusan’s meathooks or spending hard time in an Imperial prison.
The job was simple. Head to icy Far Indosa. Infiltrate the Imperial base there. Get the Imperial blockade codes. Get out undetected. Run the blockade and meet up with Prospero on The Wheel.
While the crew were discussing their options and formulating 12% of a plan, the proximity alert sounded and they watched as two unmarked Gozanti cruisers dropped out of hyperspace and closed in on them. Del’nor methodically plotted a jump to Far Indosa and wished that Loor was there to help him get creative with the numbers instead of spending his time swimming in bacta.
The Cruisers paced the smaller Shrike but could not overtake them. Four small snubfighters launched from one of the cruisers in an effort to slow them and closed rapidly. Antares and Nik headed for the guns. After focusing himself, Antares pulled the trigger and blasted one of the fighters at a range that bordered on the impossible. The ship wasn’t destroyed but it did enough damage that it stopped pursuit and headed back to the Gozanti.
As the snubfighters got closer, Antares got more confident and blasted another one with similar results. Sending it back to the cruiser. Nik, being a competitive soul, didn’t want to be left out and started shooting as well. Between the two of them, they made short work of the fighters and gave Del’nor enough time to plot a course.
With the astrogation computations competed, Jarek punched the hyperdrive but instead of a blurring starfield, he killed the power accidentally. As the Gozanti closed, he and Del’nor argued about fixing it. At the last minute he remembered some of the systems were installed backwards and the Shrike jumped to Hyperspace just in time.
After a long and uneventful trip, They finally dropped out of hyperspace in the Far Indosa system. At the edge of the system, they saw a convoy of 3 star destroyers patrolling and they immediately began to doubt their confidence and ability to pull this job off in one piece.
Keeping their distance and flying as casually as they could, they used the system’s star and planet’s orbit to hide their approach from the destroyers, eventually coming in to land undetected a short distance away from the main facility.
After finding a discarded crate of cold weather gear tucked into the back of one of the smuggling compartments, they headed out to survey the base. After a few false starts and numb extremities, they made it to the base. While Antares and Jarek stealthily approached the entrance, Del’nor, Jal and Nik tripped on an unseen ice lump and were discovered by the base’s security forces. A quick firefight broke out and the crew dispatched the stormtroopers with relative ease and gained access to the base.
Once inside the party decided against splitting up and after picking a random direction ended up in a communications office staffed by several imperial naval personnel. Forgoing stealth or subterfuge, they charged in guns blazing and took out several officers before one sounded an alarm.
Dispatching the officers took time, but luck was on their side as several well placed shots crippled and disfigured their enemies. On top of that, a well placed blaster shot from Jarek managed to take out the base alarm. Unfortunately, it also drained his gun’s power cell at the same time.
While Jarek switched weapons, Antares and Nik made short work of the remaining officers until only one remained. He surrendered and Jarek quickly assured him that no harm would come to him as long as he cooperated. They questioned him on where the fleet record were kept and he advised they would be in the deep storage vaults on level 37. Del’nor grabbed a map and confirmed that there was in fact a level 37 and the officer was probably telling the truth.
With a map in hand, the party descended without difficulty to level 37. A series of gantries and walkways overhanging deep crevasses and icy rivers greeted them. Following Del’nor’s map, they came across a huge vault with 9 vast computer tower arrays running from floor to ceiling. As they watched several of the towers rotated as various bits of data were accessed by a reader 20 feet above their heads. The gantries attached to each tower rotated as the tower did creating a broken and incomplete pathway that was constantly changing.
Trying to make sense of the towers and their purpose, Del’nor managed to identify where the files on the Imperial fleet were kept. After figuring out a rudimentary way of rotating the towers, they slowly moved towards their goal
After a few lucky maneuvers, they reached the console for fleet command and Del’Nor started to download the data. Unfortunately he triggered some sort of alarm in the process and three squadrons of Stormtroopers showed up with guns blazing.
After realizing they were sitting ducks for the long rifles of the troopers, Jarek and Nik made a break for the nearest group while Antares returned fire. The fight lasted a fairly long time, made more difficult by the constantly rotating gantries. During the fight several stray shots damaged the towers and the whole thing threatened to collapse in on them.
Thankfully Del’nor managed to finish the download before that and as the towers collapsed one by one into the ice below, the group made a break into an unknown corridor and collapsed…