Monday, December 9, 2013

Star Wars Age of Rebellion: The Outlaw Vandrin Wales

I've always felt cheated that I didn't get to play any of the Star Wars role-playing games and finally, I have a chance to rectify that. Thanks to the miracle of Google Hangout and Roll20, I'm playing the Fantasy Flight version of Star Wars (Age of Rebellion/Edge of the Empire).  Sometimes it takes an international team to save the universe.

I'm playing an Engineer/Mercenary Soldier with a Death Stick addiction named Booster Wessiri.  We also have an R3 Droid (R3-CON), a Pilot (Dany Eliyaksan), a Force-sensitive Medic (Nomi Moonrider) and an Explorer (Trip Fengris).  We are connected for various reasons and have been operating as a pro-Rebel Alliance mercenary unit for a while now. We are attached to Special Group and designated Unit 822.

We are approached by our fixer agent, Donita, and given a mission: take our ship to planet Kalzoa, an outpost on the edge of nowhere.  Spring the outlaw, pirate captain Vandrin, out of prison and wait for further instructions.  We are on the clock, as Vandrin is set to be executed in 3 days--and it takes a day to get there.

The intel we're able to gather indicates he's being held at the K7 Detention Center, in Capital City. It sounds impossible until we learn that K7 is basically a reinforced bunker building and Capital City is a small backwater town.  The planet Kalzoa itself is dry and inhospitable.

Most important is the Imperial Navy Base located on a moon circling Kalzoa. We're given transponder codes by Donita to identify as Imperial, we don our Imperial uniforms, and we cross our fingers.

We identified ourselves as Imperial bio-inspectors to the spaceport authorities and landed near another ship, which we noticed was marked as an Imperial Customs ship.  A quick search by the droid generated some poor-quality maps of the area, but enough to show us where the prison was along with a few areas of interest to tourists (Sectors Biggest Ball of Arthropod-Generated Mucus) and places to eat (Meat On a Stick, Noodles 'R Us).

Nobody hassled us on the way to the prison, and our Rebel-issued Imperial IDs were good enough to get us past the two guards into the prison administrative area. We explained that we were there to check on the water supply, as reports of Hideous Disease had come in from other parts of the planet. I went up to the roof to "check out the water tanks" but really to keep an eye on the guards out front and report on any interesting traffic. The rest of the team pushed into the prisoner area, identified the cell that Vandrin was in and began to "examine and treat" the guards, which mostly consisted of giving them a sedative and pumping them for information.

When we arrived there were 2 guards out front and 5 inside: 3 guards, 2 prison admins, and 1 protocol droid. Marshall Seltzon was on duty, and it was a fine line getting him paranoid enough about catching a Hideous Water-Borne Illness and preventing him from calling in additional guards. Another guard joined those in front after a bit, and shortly after that 3 goons showed up in a landspeeder--I assumed Vandrin's old crew, there to free him. Couldn't have that as the Rebel Alliance needed him, so I let the team know that we had to act now.

The droid had been out front too, but now rolled back inside where the team now outnumbered the sleepy guards. While they disabled the protocol droid and sprung Vandrin, I dropped a frag grenade on the folks out front. The team heard the blast and ran out with the package, jumping into a police landspeeder. I dropped down from the roof to join them and we sped off back to the ship.

Some fast-talk on our part got us past the Imperial Navy base on the moon, and we sped off to the Jade system. There we were directed by Vandrin to land on a small moon, Opal, which was used as a burial ground and memorial by the asteroid miners and spacers that lived in the sector. Under a gravestone marked "Nok Urda Ron" we found the Imperial diplomatic bag that Vandrin had hidden, of great importance to the Rebels. The droid also found a huge metallic reading nearby, and determined it was a treasure in metals...but we ran out of time and had to leave: a ship had followed us into the system, and Vandrin told us it was his old crew, who had not wanted to spring him, but rather to torture him until he told them where this bag was hidden.

We loaded up the ship and jumped to hyperspace before the other ship could catch up with us. Delivering both Vandrin and the diplomatic bag, our mission was complete and our Rebel bosses very happy. They were even happier when Vandrin told them about the treasure in metals we found on Opal! We were furious about that and confused about his motives, until we learned that he was from Alderaan. After the Empire destroyed his planet he became a true believer, and true believers can be hard to work with.

Looking forward to the next mission.