Four X-Wing starfighters dropped out of hyperspace in the Naboo system. "Captain Kyn said that we should meet up with Nym's contact Kole on Rori. Keep an eye out for trouble" Jenny Kule said as she opened the s-foils on her craft. "I doubt those 'Storm Lords' would dare try anything in this system. I hear most of the renegade Imps are operating in the Outer Rim." said Darin-Une with some doubt in her voice. "Who's gonna stop em? The New Republic ain't got their poodoo together yet and the Imps pulled out of this system after Jakku. Anyway it's weird still fighting Imps, still flying X-Wings, even though the war is suppose to be over." replied Dack Cuthus a former Alliance pilot from Mynock squadron. "Well we aren't in the Alliance anymore. Still can't figure out this 'Sand Panther' squadron set up. Rogan Dexter seems to have an awful lot of funds and good equipment for a Corellian smuggler. I'm not sure if I trust him yet but I need the creds. Besides the New Republic had me flying transports after Jakku and I much prefer the T-65." Sune' Arkel sighed as she ran through a system check of her craft. "Tell me about it!" Dack said "We've got a contract from the Royal House of Naboo to run escort mission for a band of Pirates from Lok? The galaxy is upside down.".
Outside of Narmel the members of Sand Panther Squadron meet Kole from the Lok Revenants at a small outpost that was once operated by the Rebel Alliance. "Hello there! My name is Kole" the small Chadra-Fan said. "You must be Rogan Dexter's crew.". "That's us. Sand Panther Squadron." Dack replied.
"We're trying to get underway here but I've got a problem. I was expecting a shipment of thermal detonators but I just found out that the transport they were on had to make an emergency landing a few kilometers from here. I'm short handed so I was hoping you folks could go pick it up." Kole gestured over towards a large flat bed hover skiff. "Sure thing! just tell us where to go" replied Jenny. "I've got the coordinates on this datapad. Leeta is the pilot. I've been having some trouble reaching her on her comm but that's no surprise. She's a good smuggler but her ship is not usually in the best of shape." Kole answered.
"What the Hell are Imps doing here?" Dack asked the officer while brandishing his pistol at him. "Well I'm not sure you could call us Imperials anymore but we were here looking for a bunch of Pirates from Lok. The Storm Lords heard that they were trying to gather supplies here on Rori." the officer replied as he rubbed the stubble on his chin. "You're one of these Storm Lords then?" Sune' ask. The officer rolled his eyes "Yes obviously and I suppose you are with the pirates?". "How did you come to be a part of the Storm Lords?" asked Jenny. "Well I was stationed on Lok at an Imperial base there. After Jakku our transports never returned to pick us up and all we had as far as space craft were a few TIE fighters. Nym's Lok Revenants were trying to wipe us out. Then Storm Squadron showed up and helped us beat the pirates back. We started gathering other former Imperials from the nearby sectors and we re-formed as The Storm Lords." the officer replied. "Why not turn yourselves in? The New Republic has gone pretty easy on former Imperials troops." ask Jenny. "Well we had ships and arms and nothing better to do. I guess you could say we saw an opportunity in that." the officer chuckled. "So your pirates too then eh?" said Dack. "Indeed." answered the officer. "Tie him up. We'll see if Kole wants to take him back to Lok." Jenny said. "With pleasure." Dack replied doing a mocking salute.
"Who are you people?" the young woman sat up and looked around. "Kole sent us. You must be Leeta." replied Jenny. The Woman nodded. "Alright I've got the goods in my ship but I had to set down out here. Somethings wrong with my ship. I was trying to figure it out when these guys attacked me. Can any of you help me fix it. I'm not much of a mechanic?" Leeta said. "Sure I'll check it out." replied Sune'. "You can tell Kole he can take ten percent off my fee since I didn't quite deliver the shipment." Leeta rubbed a goose egg on her forehead. "Ship should fly now. You're fuel filter was clogged." Dack laughed. "You know you really should get this thing serviced so it doesn't get you killed next time." Sune's scolded. "You sound like my father." replied Leeta. "Must be a smart man." Sune's said folding her arms across her chest. "Okay I'll have it checked out at Narmel. Take care." Leeta waved and climbed back into her ship.
"Looks like the last one is bugging out. Should we pursue?" ask Dack. "No let's re-group and get to that nav beacon. These guys might have friends in the system." replied Jenny. "Eye, eye, skipper." Darin replied.
The convoy came out of hyperspace in the Lok system. "Alright let's make for these coordinates. The Storm Lords can't get their corvettes into the denser parts of the Spine. The asteroids are too thick there." Kole sent the coordinates to the other ships in the convoy. "This won't be easy though. They are bound to have TIE patrols in those areas. Be ready Sand Panthers." Jenny said.
Kole took the Sand Panthers to the guest rooms at Nym's palace. They were comfortable rooms richly decorated with artworks and furniture from dozens of cultures. "Well this beats an Alliance barracks!" said Dack. "Make yourselves comfortable folks. I'll see you in the morning." Kole bowed then turned and walked away.
Notes: Well this is the first actual episode of my "Star Wars Shards of the Empire" campaign. I was originally going to set the first story arc on Dantooine but after doing some research I switched to Lok. There is a large Imperial base on Lok and Storm Squadron from Tatoonine frequently conducted anti-piracy raids against the pirates in the Lok system. It seemed a good match up for my first story arch providing a lot of opportunity for both space and ground action.