R1-C0, Ayna and Cesc left the Felucian Village with a native scout to guide them towards their main objective: the Imperial Prison Facility known as the “Vanishing Place” to extract a defecting Imperial Admiral by the name of Gilder Varth.
The party first stopped by the Communications Outpost they cleared out a day ago to reroute the natural radio interference the plant wildlife is emitting into the same channels the Imperials are using in this sector. Once complete, they continued to the Prison Facility without incident.
Once arrived, the front of the facility looked pretty well guarded by squads of stormtroopers and an E-Web Blaster built into an extension of the facility. Luckily, the scout that was with them knew about an alternate route inside: a loosely fitted grate on a ventilation pipe that led straight in. Cesc and Rico decided to check out the vent while Ayna decided to try his hand at wreaking havoc with the front of the facility. While sneaking up to the side wall nearest the e-web blaster, a stormtrooper on patrol nearby saw the Jedi and landed a blaster bolt right into Ayna’s backside. Lucky for him Ezrael was nearby the stormtrooper, and using his lightsaber made quick work of the stormtrooper (Ezrael was here for only a part of the session before leaving, so any in game explanations to a sudden appearance and disappearance is hard to come by). Ayna continued to the wall and snuck around the front to try and chop the barrel off the e-web blaster. Unfortunately for him, he could only get on swing on it before the troops on the inside tossed a frag grenade out the firing slot and right into his lap. This, coupled with the arrival of more troops on the outside finally dissuaded Ayna into joining his friends inside.
Meanwhile, Cesc and Rico managed to remove the loose grate and disable the spinning blades of the fan without trouble and continued into the inside of the facility. After a quick jaunt down a short hallway, they found themselves in the main room of the facility and at the front door of a medical bay. Rico walked in first and after the medical assistant took notice, were confronted quickly by a couple of Felucian Abominations that were on some operating tables. Rico and Cesc were able to make quick work of the Felucians and quickly cornered the Assistant, demanding information from him. Once they saw he wasn’t going to give them any, they strapped him down to the table and shut down the 21-b medical droid that was also in the room, lest he make some sort of alarm.
Ayna caught up to the other two at this point and headed towards the prison proper when they were noticed by a couple stormtroopers and engaged in the main room. The heroes killed two quickly and Ayna took a hit square on by a blaster cannon, but the remaining troopers fell back into the turret area and dug in. After Rico floated up and noticed a trap that was set, the party decided to leave the troops to their defenses and continue on. Ayna used his lightsaber to spot weld the main door shut, to prevent them from having any unwanted visitors to the prison.
They then entered the holding area to be greeted by a couple of guard droids who quickly attacked them and a pair of guards up on an elevated area, firing down on them. The party neutralized the droids and subdued the guards and found their main objective, Admiral Varth. They quickly tried giving Varth a blaster and some armor to protect him, but Varth refused every offer they made, but finally caved in on the blaster and just pocketed it to appease his rescuers. He was confused at first about why freelancers were sent to pick him up instead of the rebels he was trying to join and help, but he quickly accepted their help and just wanted to get out of the facility. There were 3 other prisoners that the party took along with them to free as well.
The party then rounded around to the communications facility, quickly subdued the operators and planted the explosives that Vazus Mandrake had given them back at the Felucian Village to destroy the facility. One of the operators that was disarmed just before the fight quickly surrendered and helped the party out with some information about how to get out. Also the party noticed on the screen an important message just sent from a Victory Class Star Destroyer that sat in Felucia’s orbit:
//ROUTED . . . SECURITY ENCRYPTION CONFIRMED
//FROM PRAKITH CITADEL COMM CENTER VIA HOLONET NODE
//FROM NODE 6673-ALPHA VIA STAR DESTROYER ASSIDUOUS
Priority 1 Message Follows:
Prepare former Admiral Gilder Varth for transfer to the Citadel.
Inquisitor Draco will be arriving within a standard Felucian
day/night cycle to take custody of the prisoner. You are instructed
to have your medical technicians ensure that Varth is fully rested
and at his highest possible strength.
Interrogation chemicals should be administered to Varth upon
notification that the Inquisitor has arrived on Felucia. Varth will be
transferred by shuttle to the Assiduous before Inquisitor Draco takes
custody. Time from administration of interrogation chemicals to
transfer to the Inquisitor’s personal transport should fall within an
acceptable window of 27 to 54 minutes.
Upon exiting, however, they were met by the remaining troopers that were hunkered down in the turret bay and a barrage of blaster fire from their e-web now placed in the main room. After focusing fire on the e-web operator and eliminating his minions, they healed up
and looked for a way out.
Noticing landing pad lights lining the roof from the outside earlier, and now armed with the knowledge that there were 4 AT-ST’s outside with a platoon of fresh troops wondering what’s going on with the prison facility, they decided to take the Turbolifts up to the 2nd floor, where they can try to find roof access and get picked up by the Banshee. They contacted Captain Okeefe to make sure the Banshee was ready and to get her underway to pick them up in time.
Cesc and Rico went up first, with Ayna staying behind briefly to make sure the prisoners were safe. When they reached the 2nd floor, they were greeted by 4 stormtroopers, Captain Vischera (the commander of the facility) and two rancor sized Felucian Abominations all waiting for the heroes. A fight quickly ensued and Ayna immediately came up to join the fight. The Abominations landed a couple of devastating hits on the heroes that quickly turned the fight into a nailbiter. Ayna and Rico focused on the Abominations while Cesc distracted the stormtroopers. Badly hurt, but victorious, the party exited onto the roof and were greeted by the Banshee, who lowered her loading ramp for the heroes and now freed prisoners to hop on board. Once on, the explosives were detonated and the entire facility erupted into a massive fireball.
Captain Okeefe shared with the party that Alderaan wasn’t their destination, but instead they were headed for a Nebulon-B Frigate named the Resurgence, where Admiral Varth will be debriefed and kept as a mobile safehouse. When they arrived, they were greeting by the ships captain, Captain Adrian Verana, who thanks the heroes on behalf of Senator Organa and informs them that once the Admiral was debriefed, they’d be contact for work, given their productivity thus far. They were given their award monies and offered rooms onboard the Resurgence. Captain Okeefe congratulated the party and also offered her services of transportation should they need it in the future.