Saturday, January 2, 2016
Star Wars Shards of the Empire Season 01 Episode 00 Not Dead Yet
Captain Mul rubbed his chin "I don't like this.... sound action stations we want to be ready..". Suddenly the entire ship rocked from a loud explosion. "Sir we've got four TIE fighters and two TIE bombers! They came out of nowhere!" Arkel spun around in her chair to face the captain just as another heavy concussion missile hit the ship. Two more impacted seconds after that "Abandon Ship! Get to the escape pods!" shouted Mul and then his control panel exploded. A large arc of electricity shot out of it and hit the Sullsutian square in the chest hurling him against a bulk head. Darin-Une rushed over to check on the Captain but there wasn't anything she could do. The two Republic crew members scrambled into the bridge escape pod and blasted away from the ship. As they looked out the view port they could see TIE fighters chasing down other escape pods and blowing them up. It was clear these renegade Imperials were not interested in prisoners.
The two gathered supplies and weapons from their escape pod. Fortunately for them the bridge escape pod was equipped with a better selection of weapons and equipment than the standard ship pods. In addition to blaster pistols and survival packs there were also armored flight suits and a break down sporting blaster rifle stored aboard. Not wanting to stick around until the Imperials found them they set out for the source of the strange transmissions.
Peaking over the hill they saw a pair of armed humans. One was dressed in an Imperial officers uniform and another was wearing the black flight suit and helmet of a TIE fighter pilot. Darin-Une and Sune' Arkel drew their blaster pistols and shot as the two men. The pilot was hit and took a step back but the officer returned fire. Suddenly two more attackers began firing at them. They appeared to be Storm Troopers of some kind. The Republic officers traded fire with the Imperials. The TIE pilot went down first followed by the officer. Sune' was hit by one of the Storm Troopers and went down grabbing her side. Darin-Une traded more fire with the troopers eventually taking them both out.
The Cerean then check on her companion. Sune' was unconscious and she had a nasty blaster wound in her lower torso but she was alive. Darin-Une pulled the med-kit out of her survival pack and went to work. After patching the Zabrak up she woke her and gave her a shot of stimulant. "Sorry I had to wake you. We can't stick around here" she said. "Where are the Imps" replied the Zabrak. "Dead, I think" Darin pointed and the bodies of the Imperials. "Well lets see if they have anything useful" replied Sune'.
The gathered a pair of blaster carbines and utility belts from the dead Imperials. "That's odd this one seems to be equipped for cold weather" Darin said pointing at one of the Storm Troopers. "Well I've heard rumors of renegade Imperial raiders operating out here in the Outer Rim. I guess they have to make due with whatever equipment they have on hand" replied the Zabrak.
It took four days to reach the core world of Corellia. In that time Sune' Arkel was able to heal from here wounds with the help of Darin. As they came out of hyperspace Darin was piloting and she laid in a course for the Corellian space station to make arrangements to land. Before she reached the station the YT was intercepted by a pair of X-wing starfighters. The freighters com system activated "Attention YT-100 285-0691 you are hereby ordered to proceed directly to docking bay 74 in Coronet City by the Corellian Security Force. If you attempt to flee or power up your weapons you will be shot down. Will you comply?". "Yes sir..." Darin replied.
After landing in docking bay 74 Darin and Sune' decided to leave their weapons on the ship. Outside they were met by a dozen armed and armored troopers and a CorSec officer. "This ship was reported stolen two months ago by a Corellian citizen. You are under arrest on the charge of piracy. Come with us." The two were taken into custody and booked into a nearby security station. After spending a few hours in holding they were taken to questioning where they were questioned. They gave their story to the detectives. Four days later they were released by CorSec and given a reward for returning the YT-1300 by the ships owner. Then they were told to stop by at the Republic Fleet office where they received their official discharge and hazard pay. Now unemployed they decided to search for work together.
Notes: This was an introductory adventure I ran for my new Star Wars campaign "Shards of the Empire". The campaign is set a little more than a year after the battle of Endor and will follow the new story arc set by "The Force Awakens". The events in the campaign start 30 years before the events in the movie before the rise of the First Order and the formation of the Resistance.
I am using the Savage World system but I will also be using Fantasy Flights X-wing for space encounters.
Tonight I only had two players show up so I did character creation and ran a short introductory episode.