The story returns with L’arek Nafeel unconscious and wounded from a blaster shot to the head after a firefight in a corridor in the abandoned rebel asteroid base.
Realising that they need some kind of atmosphere in order to operate on their fallen comrade Benny Roberts headed over to the reactor to see if he could get it back online, but his examination revealed it would take at least an hour to get the thing running and stable, damn those type VII’s!
With this in mind Zhaff Talon carried L’arek Nafeel back to the Blakiston and prised him out of his suit, almost immediately L’arek Nafeel awoke with a gasp, the kick of oxygen having revived him.
Benny Roberts returned his attentions to the reactor and after an hours careful monitoring declared it up and ready, furthermore he discovered the controls for the tractor beam that was acting as a deadly trap for any ship that might venture close and shut it off. Having fixed the reactor (did he mention he fixed the reactor?) he returned atmosphere to the facility and to finish off he returned the Blakiston and patched up L’arek Nafeel with a medipac and the team was fighting fit once again.
Exploration resumed and the party gathered outside the tempting sounding armoury, and despite his previous success at starting massive energy sources (did he mention that?) Benny Roberts was unable to get the door open, instead Zhaff Talon and L’arek Nafeel managed to bypass the security systems and get it open to reveal…. nothing! All cleaned out! Not so much as a blaster pistol.
Instead the team turned to the crew quarters and once again Zhaff Talon and L’arek Nafeel worked out the security for the door to see two security droids battering at a door at the other side of the room in a scene of chaos. A firefight erupted immediately and this time it was only the droids that were damaged. A search of the room found a vidslug from one of the last people to be on the station, recording how they’d had to leave the supply depot after a transmission was intercepted; but despite everyone going one of the team “Mendie” was going to stay and guard the facility until they could return to pick up the ships and remaining gear in a month.
With this in mind they broke into the door the droids had been hammering on, on the other side of the crew quarters, inside was the smell of stale air, bad air and a long ladder down and at the bottom, another locked door; what was with this? Opening this door (they were getting good at this now) they were assaulted by a horrific stench and an alarm klaxon they started up in the room, not only this a strange looking droid with penned-on humanoid features crudely wearing clothes was standing over a dessicated body, the source of the horrible smell. The droid didn’t even get a chance to lift it’s blaster before the team shot it to pieces and investigation revealed that the dead body was none other than Mendie, the last crewman of the station.
The alarm however was still blaring and despite repeated attempts to crack open the security box the team couldn’t get it open, waving the others outside to safety Zhaff Talon decided to try a more direct approach and blast the box into submission, his shot took off the corner of it and at last the siren shut up.
Exploring the room the party found a log of 495 entries long cataloguing Mendie’s steady descent into insanity as he went stir-crazy (apparently) eventually declaring that all the droids on the station (apart from his faithful “no.2”) were imperial agents and he was locking himself into the security bunker to save himself until the rest of the rebels returned.
At this point despite the interesting asteroid the party realised they still hadn’t found what they’d come here to do, the Star Forge and it’s crew! Heading outside in the Blakiston the team scanned around and found amongst the wreckage of the imperial cruiser what seemed to be the remains of a freighter ship, could this be it? Suddenly the Blakiston was rocked by laser fire and a TIE fighter screamed past their ship, lasers firing, everyone quickly jumped to their stations and Zhaff Talon expertly steered behind the tie whilst L’arek Nafeel manned the laser cannons; a blast hit the TIE and it turned to run, twisting and turning through the asteroid field until it bounced off one and spun… right into another laser blast which blew it to pieces.
With time now short the team landed and searched the crashed freighter and found out it was indeed the Star Forge two dead bodies inside and a very damaged and somewhat distressed R2 droid that the team rescued and added to their increasing pile of loot.
Back inside the team decided to start grabbing everything that wasn’t nailed down, Bacta tank (with a small crack in it, after an accident with a door frame when moving it) droid parts, blaster rifles, power cells, it all went inside the Blakiston which was looking increasingly full.
Zhaff Talon noticed something on the asteroids limited scanners, two incoming starfighter size ships; thinking quickly the team reactivated the tractor beam and one of them smashed straight into the asteroid, dust shaking the ‘roid as it did, the other however got away and started orbiting nearby, no doubt calling for help. A sinister large shape with a swarm of starfighters on the scanner soon confirmed it.
With the last few things they could find thrown into their ship Benny Roberts sabotaged the reactor and primed it to blow, hopefully, but the team didn’t stay around to find out if this worked; hopping into the Blakiston they flew out of the ’roid and with excellent piloting from Zhaff Talon were into the surrounding asteroid field before the nearby TIE could even realise what was up.
But it was too late for the imperials, dodging asteroids and swinging all over the place Zhaff Talon got the ship clear of the ’roids and into open space so they could jump to hyperspace and a four hour journey to Dega and away.
Stars covered the screen as they jumped to hyperspace.