XP Earned: 5
Total XP: 145 (plus 25 from Mike before Joe took over)
The party entered Bothan space, where they saw an old Republic battle cruiser holding position mid-system. Fenn/Mike quickly contacted some relatives, and was given an escort to one of his uncles’ not-quite-legal ports for “legitimate business”. He was then whisked off to the family compound, where he would learn more about his father’s recent death.
At the family home, Fenn’s brother told him of the increased Imperial efforts to gain traction in the system politically, and discussed how Fenn’s old rival, Koth Doll’Ra, was one of the biggest supporters of the Join The Empire movement. The Republic Cruiser (disarmed) was afforded neutral territory that the Bothans allowed in their space as a place to meet with Imperial officials. His brother also said that their father, a master chef, was absolutely NOT killed by accidental food poisoning, as the coroner’s reports suggested.
The party also met with Sheba, the Bothan spy they had met back on Rikehead’s comet base a [[Ep 25: The Last Time I Saw You… | while back.]] She said that there was a good deal of suspicion floating about regarding who killed Fenn’s father. Some said it was Koth Doll’Ra, since Fenn’s dad was secretly sending money to the Bothan SpyNet folks on Krant who were trying to help overthrow the Empire. Others said that it could be his spice-smuggling uncles, who were upset at his recent moves to support laws that made drug smuggling harder. Still others said it might have been a rival restaurant chain, or maybe even some rebel-sympathizer trying to strike a blow at the supposed “Imperial Hero Fenn Kith’ra”.
Fenn also spent some time with his mother, who was being stoic in her usual way, but showing more emotion than most outside of the family could notice. He also chatted with his brother, who thought Fenn should have their father’s ceremonial cooking knife, though Fenn told his brother he was better suited for it (since the brother had been apprenticed to their dad in the restaurant).
During a brief private time with his father’s body, Fenn felt such remorse that he instinctively tried to take a swig from his Sith flask, and the arm of his father’s corpse shot up to grab his wrist and prevent him from drinking. A moment later, the corpse was unmoved, and Fenn stood there with the flask in hand. He decided not to drink, putting the flask away for later.
While investigating the death/murder of Fenn’s dad, the party went to Mandell, where a Weequay crime lord was said to have some clues. The elderly crime lord turned out to be Hondo (of Clone Wars TV show fame), and he revealed to Fenn that his father had been a good business partner of his, and that he’d also captured the two Bothan fishermen (a father/son team) from Kothlis who had sold the rare poisoned fish that killed Fenn’s dad. In a torture/kill scenario where Fenn had the father killed, the son offered little help, other than to say that the men who took the fish were wearing uniforms from a company that Fenn’s uncles owned.
As payment for the favor of getting the fishermen for him, Hondo asked Fenn to deliver an important present he’d just purchased to an old friend who didn’t like Hondo very much, a wookie. This friend was on Krant, which was coincidentally the same place the SpyNet had most of their operations. This friend was also a minister of some sort.
On the ship to Krant, the party decided that the Uncles wouldn’t be that dumb, and were probably set up by someone who had his agents wearing fake uniforms. They also took a peek at the package, which appeared to be an amber-ish crystal attached to some type of electronic base. They did not activate it. On-planet, the party found the wookie colony, who led them to the minister with some suspicion. They met a one-armed wookie in priestly robes, with a wooden cylinder at his side. Fenn tossed the package to the wookie, who immediately thought it was a threat, drew his lightsaber, and prepared to deflect it. He realized a second later that it was not a threat and used the Force to catch it, eventually floating it over to his hand after he’d replaced his lightsaber. Minister Gungi, it seems, had some Jedi training before going into hiding in the Bothan sector.
As he turned on the holocron, an image of a bald, dark-skinned human appeared. “May the Force be with you, Jedi. You have accessed this holocron to learn the secrets of calming rage with the Force. I am Jedi Master Mace Windu, and I will be your teacher.”
We ended the game with the party still in Gungi’s presence, ready to ask more questions & formulate a plan.