Personal Funds: 4,006
+200 from sound investments
-500 from Gambling
Party Funds: 6,900
+2000 credits from Rebellion for payment
Should try to divvy up the party funds.
Back on Titan Base. We’re finished with our debriefing with the success of our mission from retrieving the B-Wing prototypes.
I’ve heard the Imperial Cruiser Oppressor is crippled from our bombing run but was not destroyed. I would assume the Republic would try to do something to finish it rather than get that cruiser back online. I started to ask around with my usual method of playing Pazak in the open area on the station.
I came across a rebel intelligence officer. I didn’t catch his name, but her was feeding me information on the operation which we were on and there are plans to take out the Oppressor while it’s prone and vulnerable. He did also say the other mission, “Shellcracker”, the mission I originally wanted to go on, didn’t pan out as planned. The Mercs hired, which were the Gigirams we rescued a while back, reneged on their agreement to take out the Imps and bring the prototype “Shellcracker” back to rebellion intelligence from Hammer Base.
I was so distracted listening to the mission I lost 500 credits! How the hell did I lost so much focus? The intelligence officer took my credits and left.
Even though action was happening around us, time was taken out of our day for a celebration of mission accomplishments. The Guppy was presented a battle star. Gravic, the commander of the Guppy was presented the Star of Duty. Myself, Cael, RR, and the rest of the rescuers were given the Republic Ruby Crystal for high valor.
After the awards ceremony, Jannis summoned Cael, Grabo, RR, and I for briefing on the situation on Hammer Base. The Gigirams wanted to sell the Shellcracker to highest bidder. The republic gave me a credit line of 3 million but asked I try to keep it at 2 million credits. They wanted to send me to Hammer Base to negotiate since I’ve rescued them 2 missions ago and guess they would be more open to listen to me instead of anyone else from the rebellion.
The Hammer Base mission was to be followed up with a second mission to purchase 5 million credits worth of droids at Port Tuga then rendezvous with the alliance flagship Shadow Raptor. The rebellion needs a lot of droids to man many different posts they lack manpower for.
Cael, R2-T7, RR-5, Grabo and I boarded the Smooth Sailor to head towards Hammer Station. On the Smooth Sailor was DZ and Gemmintark, the Jedi archivist. DZ and Gemmintark we playing Dejarik and DZ was losing every match. I asked Gemmintark why he was on board our craft. He said he was killing time and was not allowed to leave the rebel station. I said we were about to leave, but he seems not to mind and asked to come along. I didn’t say no since he is technically under rebellion supervision.
RR-5 takes his seat in the Smooth Sailor and begins to calculate the jump to Hammer Station. He’s able to cut the trip short by 4 hours with his calculations.
When we arrive, we see Hammer Station is half lit. Debris is floating all over and there are other ships around the base which include a troop transport, a ship from Czerka, and a Solar Sailor Yacht for probably someone important.
A Gigiram hails us and ask we land in the shuttle bay. We were then told only 4 of us were permitted to meet with their commander. The Gigrams recognized me as the one who freed them. They gave me the nickname “Jail Breaker”.
Cael, RR, DZ and I exited the Smooth Sailor and were led by a Gigiram to the negotiation room. We noticed the halls were marked with scorched marks and blood from Imps. There was bit a putrid smell in the air due to the rotting corpses.
We were taken to a room with a holoprojector showing the Shellcracker. It’s corvette size that is able to penetrate shields and use high-yields bombs on capital ships.
In the room is a Pyke with 2 protocol droids. The Pyke is taking notes while smoking spice.
Also in the room are representatives from Czerka. They are diligent and a bit anxious looking to get their hands on the imperial technology.
Oddly, there are no Imps in the room.
The lead Gigiram approaches and announced the rules of the bidding war. He will have each party draw a chip from a bag. The chips are Red, Blue, Black and White. The red chip goes first, followed by blue, black then white.
Czerka first pulls a chip and it’s Black. The Pyke pulls the blue chip. I was hoping to pull the white chip to go last, but then an Imp officer enters the room. It’s Captain Sariv, former commander from Whisper Base. He got promoted and does not appear to be in a good mood. He pushed me out of the way and pulled the white chip and left the room. That mean I would get the red chip and go first.
I was summoned to negotiate first. I was led to the catina to meet the lead Gigiram. The offer was 3 million, but I offered 2 million. However, I was told what the rebellion promised them for their previous mission and they said the rebellion owed them 400,000 credits for their last mission so they don’t think of them very highly. That’s a new obstacle I need to deal with now.
I raised my offer by 200,000 credits the mission were promised to be paid for plus passage back home on the Smooth Sailor. (3 successes and 2 advantages). They were open to my offer but had to hear others out and said will get back to me.
While waiting in the room, I speak with the other Gigirams listening to their mission and how they were able to defeat the Imps with a Gatling laser.
I then sat next to the Pyke to befriend him. His name is Taeiltas. I spoke to him the importance of networking and not all dealings must be related to our allegiances. I think Taeiltas got where I was going.
Anyway, I need to quickly think of what to do to meet my mission goals. The objective is to get the Shellcracker but was also ordered acquire it by force if needed too. However, I am conflicted because the Gigirams feel slighted by the rebellion and I want to make things right. Plus they’ve been to Titan Base so who knows if their knowledge is also available for sale?
Perhaps I need to make contact with Titan Base to send more credits to make good on their promise plus interest? Perhaps I should also pool funds and come up with a mutual agreement with Taeiltas?