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Log 20210208

GM Note: This session consisted mostly of Role Playing and Mission Planning.

CD 6-17 the day after the team left Corellia from Mission 31 Equal Advantage. The action team has worked straight for two days and succumb to their fatigue. Most of them sleep in late.

Josus is awakened too early by Sern. She notifies the sleepy Bothan that his ‘friend’ needs to speak with him.

Josus tries to waive her off and return to his slumber, but Sern reports that Josus’ friend is also tired and incapable of sleep.

Josus relents and follows Sern. She takes him to the guest quarters appointed for Yin Nikel and finds both Nikel and Crylkis. (Sern, who is kitted out to clean the ship, continues to the Engineering section of the ship). Crylkis is in obvious distress, seated on the bunk while Nikel paces nervously.

Both of the rescued agents are still concerned and Nikel reports that while she was able to vet Josus’ family ties, they’re both still concerned that they were entrapped by the ISB. Breth expresses a desire to talk to the team commander.

Josus lets the two know that Pa Pooga is the team Commander and pleads for the two women to let everyone sleep a bit more (mostly himself). Breth is too distressed and requests an immediate audience with the team leader.

Josus (again) relents and leads the two to Wrasp’s quarters.

Pooga takes his time waking up and responding to the door chime.

Josus explains the womens’ requests and after handing them off to Pooga, Josus returns to his bed and struggles to sleep as his roommate, Unsien Mos, is snoring loudly while sleeping deeply.

Breth is concerned about how easily the ISB located her secret safe houses and wants to know if her extraction packet was compromised. Wrasp is impatient with Breth’s concerns and lets the distressed woman know that if Wrasp were an ISB agent, then he would have spaced her already. Because he has spaced enemies in the past.

Leaving Breth in tears, Pooga assures the two that they will be arriving to an actual rebel base in about a week. Pooga then returns to his long overdue sleep.

Fiaye K’faiya

In the depths of her sleep, Fiaye hears her Jedi mentor call for her to speak with her.

Once Fiaye wakes up, she taps into the Force and calls out to Luminara.

Shortly, Luminara appears to Fiaye.

Luminara commends her Padawan for her skill in the force and in successfully calling out to her.

Luminara then reports that she has some news to impart to Fiaye. With that preface, she informs Fiaye, that Josus’ father Jobai has been murdered and Luminara knows this because Jobai has been ‘enjoined.’ (Fiaye asks for clarification and Luminara tries to clarify with words like connected and joined together. This doesn’t help, and Luminara lets Fiaye know that the Padawan will understand better when she too is dead). Further, Jobai suspects that he died at the hands of one of Josus’ uncles and will be seeking confirmation. Also, the purges on Bothawui (R14) are continuing.

Luminara then counsels Fiaye to turn away from the dark side of the Force and to seek the light. Fiaye rolls her eyes.

Lastly, Luminara lets Fiaye know that her friends are preparing to enact some changes for her and that her Padawan should exercise patience with the upcoming changes.

Luminara then departs (fades away) and Fiaye heads out to grab a breakfast. She arrives in the galley just as Pa Pooga wraps up his breakfast.

Later, when Josus wakes up (from his interrupted sleep), Fiaye pulls Josus aside and lets him know about his father’s death. She offer’s her condolences and Josus later speaks with Pooga. He updates the Captain and asks to visit Bothawui ASAP!

Pa Pooga

After getting done with his breakfast, Pooga heads out to the Bridge and settles into the pilots seat and enjoys the dramatic view of hyperspace outside the viewports.

A short time later, Aliz and Devo enter the bridge, looking for the Ship’s Captain, hand in hand.

Aliz announces that the two have a favor to ask the Captain. Ultimately they want to change room assignments and move into Hammer’s former cabin (Room Seven). Pooga is pleased that the two are becoming a couple and announces that this is a decision for the whole crew. Pooga calls for a 18:00 hrs appointment (immediately following the evening meal).

18:00 Hrs crew meeting

Aliz and Devo announce their new relationship status and ask if they can move into Cabin Seven. No one voices any objections.

Pooga opens up discussion for any other room changes and there is a brief discussion in getting Sern moved out of Boomer’s room. Ultimately Pa Pooga vetos that idea as Boomer has been experiencing some distressing if not prescient nightmares and he wants Sern to continue to monitor Boomer’s health for the safety of the crew. (So close to getting your own cabin Boomer)!

Five Days later.

The Swooping Kestrel arrives back to their home system at Kirdo III.

The crew aren’t expecting trouble, but they quickly learn that the Rebel Alliance Fleet is in system!

Ghost talks quickly announcing their return to their base of operations. The Fleet ask that they change their transponder back to the Starbound Wayfinder (The default and actual transponder setting for the vessel). The Starbound Wayfinder is asked to dock with The Vigil an MC 40 class cruiser.

Wrasp is greeted by Major Nichos Tainer, the SOC Commander. To expedite operations, Tainer asks Wrasp if he can direct his crew to take the Starbound Wayfinder to the Defiant Core base and prep the ship for the next mission. Tainer has a shuttle that can get Wrasp dirt side at the conclusion of his meeting.

The crew take the ’Finder down to the base, while Wrasp follows Tainer.

Tainer lets Wrasp know that Colonel Anj Zavor wishes to meet with Wrasp.

Zavor and Wrasp have a pleasant talk and the Navy Staff officer has a lot of questions about his crew’s capabilities and asks Pooga about his crew’s capabilities. Col Zavor references a handful of past missions that Pooga has supervised.

Zavor hints that the next mission will involve piracy against another Action IV cargo ship, and the two discuss Wrasp’s last Action IV hijacking. Zavor hints that this next mission might be more hazardous, but ultimately thanks Wrasp and they part. Zavor has another daily staff meeting to race off to and Pooga needs to catch up with Rachel Starrunner for his official briefings. (The task of briefing DC-01 is a task that is beneath Zavor’s station and rank).

Tainer gets Wrasp onto the next shuttle headed to the Defiant Core base and it’s filled with other personnel and cargo destined for the surface.

Dirtside with the Starbound Wayfinder

Ground approach is a bit easier for the Starbound Wayfinder as the Alliance has installed some wind breaks and shields to make the landing into the wind blasted canyon much safer. Construction of the new base is ongoing and the plateau surface is now dotted with nearly a hundred kwanza hut hangers. Also in evidence are major starship hangers leading down to subterranean hangers.

There is still only one landing pad large enough for the Starbound Wayfinder and a ground crew is standing by to help unload the CROC.

Boomer is approached by a repair crew who are ready with heavy construction tools lead by Biqtu the Mirialan Female lead for the Delta Engineering Team. (Biqtu has three humans that she supervises).

Biqtu’s crew is ready to start cutting up Boomer’s ship and (understandably) Boomer is resistant!

Biqtu asks to outline the changes in Boomer’s office.

In short, the upper cargo deck plating for the Starbound Wayfinder is scheduled to be taken out so that the cargo hanger can be refitted with a small tractor beam to handle the deployment of Fighter craft, using the existing Cam shell and Ramp opening that is currently installed on the ’Finder. They’ll need to vacuum seal the portals connected to the cargo bay, route power, and install atmosphere cycling components. Estimated time for Delta Team to refurbish the ship is seven days. But with K’faiya’s help that team shaves off a full day for the refit!

Break Out and Duster are pulled aside by Ji Kez (the Sulustian Chief Engineer for Defiant Core) and he sets them up to get checked out on the X-Wing and Y-Wing model star fighters. DC-01 will be assigned one of the X-Wings and are picking up two Y-Wings, all three painted with the DC-01 team’s colors (Blue ombre to black with white trim on black surfaces). Break Out and Duster are both eager to get flight time on the X-Wing! They spend two days on training and simulator time, getting familiar with the two ships.

When Wrasp finally touches down on Defiant Core, he is greeted by Rachel Starrunner. She takes the commander of DC-01 to her office and they discuss the next mission (Operation 32: “Tropical Whale” which is a subsection for a larger operation called “Chosen Gravel”). Rachel transfers the Operation Order to Wrasp and lets him know that this operation is time sensitive. They need to be at Kinyen on CD 7-20 to intercept the Action IV Polar Thrash. Joining DC-01 for this operation is DC-02. Once the Polar Thrash is secured DC-02 is tasked with piloting the cargo transport to Queyta. It’s currently CD 6-22 with the expected refit taking seven days plus Kinyen being only six days away via hyperspace travel.

Bothawui is rimward plus Wrasp has an order of Light Turbolaser Cannons to pick up on Hosnian Prime, which is three days coreward of Kinyen. So more than enough time to get to Hosinan Prime, install the new cannons, and get to Kinyen. However, Bothawui is too far Rimward to shoehorn in that trip. Josus’ revenge request will need to wait. But otherwise the team has plenty of lead time.

Rachel also hands Wrasp the mission briefing for Mission 033: “Lucky Content” (Special Operations Group Defiant Core Team Operation 033: “Lucky Content”) After Wrasp’s team wraps up “Tropical Whale” they are expected to begin working on the more complex and less time sensitive operation. Wrasp holds onto this briefing and does not inform the crew of this operation.

Actually Wrasp doesn’t brief the team about “Tropical Whale” until they depart Hosnian Prime and are underway to Kinyen. Sern is still a bit sketchy and the Kel Dor may be wary of a mole on his crew. Sadly he’s been burned in the past, so it’s not an unwarranted precaution at this point.

On Hosnian Prime, they make the second half payment for their eight Czerka Arms Light Turbolasers and over the next two days, Boomer and Celeste swap out the stock heavy laser cannons for the much more powerful turbolasers. The crew struggles on the first day to get three of the cannons in place, but the experience pays off and the two engineers swap the rest of the cannons out in a quick four hours on the next day.

While Break Out was issued an R5 astromech for use with the starfighters, Boomer decides he needs a better droid. After some scrounging, they find someone with a broken down R3 Droid. After a bit of negotiation, they purchase the older (but better astromech) for Break Out. They paint the the yellow trim panels a scarlet color and the former “Scooter” is repaired with the software rebuilt from the bios.

Break Out now has his own astromech named “Scarlet.” DC-01 now has three R3 series Astromech’s for the fighters. The R5 “Blue” is no longer needed and (if the crew follows orders) “Blue” will be returned to Defiant Core. (Who are we kidding. That droid is not being returned).

DC-01 will be arriving at Kinyen nine days early. The team plans out the attack and they decide to arrive at the Kinyen system, well outside active sensor range. When the Polar Thrush is ready for departure, the team will strike with a short Hyperspace jump!

And fast! Kinyen has two Imperial Star Destroyers (the Vexation and the Cold Hand) stationed at this important agriworld with an estimated 150 TIE Fighters!

The Rebel Alliance also wants “Tropical Whale” to be a fairly public display of Rebel action. To help with that the team plans to change their transponder to the “Yellow Duck” which is the same setting that was used for Operation 29 “Glorious Honey” where the team destroyed the Imperial Star Destroyer Stirge orbiting Kashyyyk.

Combat Ship call signs for the operation are going to be:

  • “Mother Duck” for the Yellow Duck.
  • “Scarlet Duck” for the X-Wing piloted by Break Out.
  • “Yellow Duck” for the Y-Wing piloted by Boomer.
  • “Green Duck” for the Y-Wing piloted by Duster.

The team will be operating as the “Mighty Ducks” for this operation . . .

GM Note: We wrap up this session early and plan to jump right into battle right at the beginning fo the next session.