[ Campaign Date: 986 ABR ]
The session opens with the crew at Rav‘s Shadowport,a massive ship built from the wreckage of a Venator-Class Star Destroyer, known as the Kestrel. The Mynock Hunter, now far superior to its original state, has been returned to Rav. It is a day of celebration in Rav’s Court. His birthday. During the celebration, Zo’Del approaches Rav and declares that he would like to issue a challenge of the Bloodly Cross to Vexx for destruction of Slithering Fury and the murder of his crew members. Rav, displeased by the displeased by the serious charges against his cousin reviews the evidence of Zo’Del charge. Once he was satisfied, he bellowed,
“Bring forth the Blood Cross!”
Calista, his personal Assistant, brings out an intricately caved box containing two bone daggers, stained red with blood. The blades, known as the Bloody Cross, were used to settle matters of blood with the Blood Cross, and were the reason that every member of the Blood Cross wears crossed bones tattoos. Prior to combat, each removed their armor and present their wrists which are bound together.
Other crew members off their support, including Antaris, who through a bit of trickery distracts Zo’Del, giving Vexx the opening he needs to plunge his dagger into Zo’Del’s heart. When the blade found its mark, there was a small flash in Zo’Del’s eyes. At the time Vexx thought it must have been the way that the light caught eyes of his former rival. As Zo’Del’s lifeless body hit the floor, Rav declared Vexx the fair and clear victor, and that all charges against him would be dismissed. It looked as if the celebration would continue except, the Empire had other ideas.
A strike force consisting led by the Juggernaut leapt into local space around the station. One star destroyer and nine support craft of various sizes had arrived to rain on Rav’s parade. Before they could react, the massive station was rocking with turbolaser fire. TIE fighters poured from their racks in the belly of the massive star destroyer. It was clear that they were in for one hell of a fight.
Wasting no time, Rav begun issuing orders to defend his station, their home. Neer, who had felt power come from blades of the Bloody Cross, used the confusion of the battle to swipe the box containing the blades, though not without notice from several members of party who suggested that he not take them. Our heroes quickly departed for their new ship, the Tempest. Since they weren’t expecting trouble, most of the party had left their weapons aboard the ship and were unarmed. When the intruder alert klaxon sounded, they stopped by a weapons locker. After grabbing a few blasters and power cells, they were about to continue on towards the Tempest when Rav, Calista, and a few member of the station guard carrying heavy weapons ran by them. The rest of the party was quick to follow them.
The soon found out where they were going; Deck 8, the site of the boarding intrusion. Blaster fire filled the air. It looked as if the Blood Cross was going to hold its own until a cloaked figure entered the corridor through the breach. A snap-hiss announced the presence of his a red lightsaber. The cloaked figure gestured towards them and a massive wave of energy pushed the gathered crowd back. Rav, held his ground. He reached up and ripped the amulet he always wore from his neck. After tossing it to Vexx, he yelled for them to run and hammered the switch to seal the emergency bulkhead, trapping himself in the corridor with the cloaked figure.
Having no choice but to obey his command, our heroes made for the Tempest. As they undocked from the Kestrel, it was clear that they were in a loosing battle. Blood Cross ships all around them were being disabled or destroyed. Calista, who had been forced from Rav’s side and accompanied the crew to the Tempest, tried to raise other ships in the area to coordinate a meet up point, but the Juggernaut was jamming their signals. Knowing that they had no chance of winning this fight, they jumped to hyperspace, going to ground at Pico the Crazy’s shadowport in sector S-11 near the Maw.
During their trip, Neer studied the Blood Cross. He determined that they are some type of dark artifact used to store life energy of people that they are used to kill. Believing them to be of Sith origin, he decided to keep them for further study, and affectionately names them “The Twins”.
Upon arriving at Pico’s they were invited to his office. He was shocked to hear of the loss of Rav and the assault on his port. They tried to think how the Empire could have found the location of the Kestral since she is always moving. They determined that someone must have leaked the information. Believing it to be a member of Rav’s court, they took stock of how was present. It was revealed that three members of Rav’s Circle, his chief advisers, were absent from the ceremony that day. An investigation accounted for the whereabouts of two of the missing members. Only Cedric Horner was unaccounted for.
Calista said she would use her assets to track down Horner. She would also find out which members of the family were still alive and continue operations of the Blood Cross from aboard the Tempest until Rav, was located, his death was confirmed, or a new base of operations had been discovered. She would be part of the crew for the time being. Believing that it was not a good idea to stay on Pico’s due to its proximity to the ambush of the Kestral, the Tempest departed the shadow port for the planet Ryn to see a “friend” of Nerus’ named Ackon, a Tintinnia whom Nerus has bailed out of tough financial straits awhile back. Just as they were jumping away, they were pretty sure they saw the Mynock Hunter arrive at Pico’s. Perhaps she had survived after all.
Though their stay on Rinn was short, they enjoyed the comforts of Ackon’s burrough. His mate was an excellent cook. It was the perfect place to recharge their batteries for a few day and take stock of the events that had just occurred. Antaris used the time to contact his bothan friend whom he had broken out jail a few months back. The friend, who was part of the famed Bothan Spynet, turned up some useful information.
They managed to decode a disk containing a transmission for one of their assets responsible for tracking the movement of The Juggernautt. The transmission was very garbled but they were able to make out a few words: Lord, Syphem, Rolan, Bo’marr There were also some imaged attached to the words. Attached to the word Rolan was image of a woman with pale skin and blue hair. She looked strangely similar to the woman that had been training Neer on Homme.
After doing some research, they founded that Bo’marr referred to an order of monks on Tattooine. Since this was their first solid lead, our heroes left Rinn and headed for Tattooine. They set down in the Junta waste land, several miles from the B’omarr Monastery. Using speeder bikes they traveled the short distance to the monastery. They decided to observe the monastery from a distance for the rest of the day and approach the facility at night.
While they waited, they were attacked by a group of sand people, intent on taking their lives and equipment. Fortunately, they weren’t much of a match for the seasoned space pirates.
For the Player Perspective see the Personal Log of Antaris