Our session began with Alana waking up Elizara with blood streaming down the side of her head. Other heroes were alerted, as were medical personnel. Alana was manifesting powerful T/K while unconscious, and was sedated before she ruptured the hull or something.
As we might expect, the brain and wound were carefully scrutinized. The bit of “brain” was in-fact a bio-chip— alien cells assembled into a functional device which mimicked the functionality of circuitry, along with a small mass of cells of foreign human DNA, swaddled in other cells to further prevent rejection.
The only other party member who had a similar head chip was Elizara. Removing it was very tricky. For an instant, when it was being removed, she attracted the attention of Palpatine, who made her a dark offer not to her liking, and nearly fried her with lightning.
They told the Rebels about the head chips. They weren’t amused.
An Arkanian doctor, Dr. Bute Fache, was brought in to consult on the situation. (Unsurprisingly, he and Narkin didn’t get along well, although he did give Narkin a shield generator— one with sterility as a likely side-effect.) Bute Fache also indicated that the most likely reason for variant ages among our heroes was midichlorian manipulation (which should be impossible).
Visions of possible futures:
- Luke confronts his father on Tatoine. Luke almost beats Vader, but is (literally) stabbed in the back by a woman (Mara Jade).
- Luke and his father confront Palpatine on the New Death Star (whose location they work out). Together, they defeat him, and express their intentions to rule the galaxy together as father and son (with the shiny new Death Star)
- Luke, Vader, and a third party dogfighting in the Alderanian asteroid field, when a third party intervenes.
(I think I’m missing some details from these, but they were understood to be changeable futures.)
They told the Rebels about the new Death Star. They weren’t amused.
They consulted the holocron a lot. Eventually, Jolee decided they should talk to someone else from the holocron… Revan.
Revan listened to the problem, asked where they were, (etc.), and recommended they intervene. Towards that end, he suggested they bring a crew of at least 20 as well as food and supplies to a particular location (defined by orbital parameters around the galactic core, not too far from Aubek cluster, and very far from everything else.)
At the coordinates, they came upon a brown dwarf with a single moon. Around that scarred moon, they found a ship. (Specifically, it was the Derriphan III, a Derriphan Sith .)
The ship was powered down, and had a very unusual hyperdrive (e.g., it might employ a black hole, or a sphere of annihilation, or something similar). Importantly, the ancient vessel was also very fast. (Interior design cues: gothic-modern. exterior design cues: brutalist-gothic.)
With their Rebel droids and the ship’s own complement of automation droids, and the Rebel crew, they got the Derriphan III running quite swiftly, considering her long stasis.
The flight in-galaxy took over a month, during which our heroes trained in the force and studied the holocron. (In the process, Lord Thul was granted access to another persona, who could share teachings with him more aligned with his area of interest.)
Known personas inside the holocron:
- Jolee Bindo (gatekeeper)
- An’ya Kuro (sadism is not a common trait among Jedi.)
- Revan (very much on “do not disturb” mode)
Our heroes also discussed where and how they would or could best intervene.
… Tatoine …
Apparently, Luke decided to ambush Vader out by Old Ben’s cave; he rigged it with some kind of trap, but nobody stumbled into it. Possibly, Luke isn’t very good at non-womprat-related traps.
Luke bid our heroes come up top, but said “all six”. Either he miscounted (force sensing numbers of people is inexact), recognized the grouping and assumed everyone was present, or sensed the assailant as well. Thing is, the assailant didn’t know which it was either, so she attacked with her lightsaber, while wearing a blursuit, attacked Luke from behind with surprise, and wounded him in the torso. (Living was kind of impressive, under the circumstances.)
An inconclusive battle followed, where our heroes managed to drive off this assassin as Vader was arriving, then managed to delay Vader long enough to get to Luke’s X-wing.
While the Derriphan can make atmospheric entry, she lacks repulsors and has a poor aerodynamic profile for atmospheric flight. Nevertheless, the ship held up long enough for Luke’s X-wing (with the party on the skids, mostly without space suits) to dock.
Luke received medical attention in the medical bay.
Xp awarded: 5/5 (plus 4 “learning points” for force powers, via holocron), and a force point for all.