Episode 08: Doublecross
After their mission to Driscall, bouny hunters Shanna Toarinar and Ace Browning Crossfire along with the pirate Phoenix Avalon were assigned a new pilot, the Quarren hot dogger ace Dorniekke Nels and a temporary member, the elderly former Imperial Star Destroyer Captain Robetre.
Their commander Drew Greyhelm informed them that one of their spies Cal Tynblade had discovered the location of the Imperial transport Rectifier packed with weapons and supplies which had been lost in the Kolben Asteroid Field. They were to commandeer it to the rebel outpost on Liesson for Alliance use.
The Ambush at Kolben
The Nexus Point, piloted by Dorniekke, entered the Kolben field while Ace scanned for the location of the Rectifier. It had been parked in a cave in a large asteroid. Ace and Phoenix donned spacesuits, cycled the airlock and pushed out toward the asteroid in space.
As they close in on the asteroid, three Zero-G stormtroopers a.k.a. spacetroopers, Imperial troops in powered armour, broke cover and began firing at them with their suit cannons. Under fire, Ace and Phoenix fell back to the Point. Four TIE fighters appeared from behind the asteroid. Dorniekke turned and piloted the Point out of the field, evading rocks and cannon fire.
Once they had cleared the asteroids, Shanna pulled the hyperdrive lever and the ship jumped into hyperspace.
Episode 07 Battle Among the Clouds
A CRY FOR HELP FROM IGMALAR! Drew Greyhelm received a signal from Rebel spy Ooogle Flutzgle at the swamp planet of Igmalar in the Enteague Sector. He had important information for the Alliance. Fresh from their mission to Belderone, Shanna Toarninar the bounty hunter and Viveede Briylle Colore the star pilot were assigned to meet the spy in Igmalar City to assess how dire this information was.
The Igmalar City Imperative
Viveede set the Nexus Point down in Igmalar City under a false ship ID. The city administrated the harvesting and processing of pharmaceutical materiel from the swamps of the planet and was crawling with Imperials. The local sapient species were the Grenben, who once built thie city on a mesa that towered over the rest of the swamp and had been reduced to slaves by the Empire.
In the map above, Flutzgle City is the new post-Endor name for Igmalar City.
Their spy and informer Ooogle Flutzgle was a Grenben, a tangle of prehensile vines, leaves and nodules that had been bunched up and shaped into a humanoid containment suit. Like most Grenbens, he wore a macrobinocular sight enhancer fitted onto sensory nodules his hooded mask, photosensitive plant cells enhanced to be their eyes.
Shanna and Viveede found Ooogle in the dark and dingy Blixx Alley, flustered and distressed. The Igmalar native had intercepted a transmission from the Imperial Star Destroyer Detonator, which had been sent to the Driscall system to attack the floating Rebel outpost in the skies of the gas giant there. The outpost was not prepared from the attack and their databanks held many classified information of Rebel activity here in the Enteague Sector. If the databanks fell into Imperial hands, many Rebel cells, cache and safeworlds, and major outposts like their own on Enteague Minor would be discovered and destroyed!
They would not have time to relay the data to Enteague Outpost so Shanna and Viveede had to warn Driscall outpost themselves.
They thanked Ooogle and headed back to the Nexus Point.
En route, a stormtrooper accosted them at the landing bay. The trooper attempted to test his own perception by searching the Point for illegal weapons. Fortunately for the two Rebels, his senses were just as bad as a Sljee with a flu.
Once the Nexus Point soared out into space, leaving Igmalar behind them, the Imperial Customs Frigate Tormentor made a move to intercept them in orbit. A crummy random inspection! Viveede feigned compliance, but as soon as calculations were made, Shanna pulled the hyperdrive levers and the Nexus Point launched itself into hyperspace.
The Ghost Town on Driscall!
The Nexus Point, upon detecting no Imperial Star Destroyer in orbit, glided between the blue skies above and the pinkish-white clouds below. The gas giant Driscall was primarily a tion and petroleum mining world. The planet's "life zone" was a naturally formed nitrogen-oxygen atmospheric strata with a depth of fifty kilometres. Viveede detected the Rebel outpost and flew towards it.
The outpost, substantially smaller than the ones on Enteague Minor and Kendell, was an abandoned and converted tion gas mine floating steadily above the clouds. No twin-pod cloud cars came forth to greet them despite them transmitting the proper greeting codes. Videede did a flyby and noted that the floating city was devoid of any visible occupants. It was empty.
Episode 06 Betrayal
After their little bounty hunting side job, the team returned to Enteague Minor to discover that Commander Drew Greyhelm had added a new member to their ranks, the human star pilot Viveede Briylle Colore.
Commander Greyhelm assigned Shanna Toarinar and Phoenix Avalon a new mission. Viveede would pilot them to the Belderone system to extract a person named Derin Heightson, who happened to be Phoenix's best friend from when they were both seven until they went their separate ways at fifteen. Phoenix lost track on Derin. It appeared when Phoenix began his career as a space pirate, Derin had built a life for himself on Belderone.
In hyperspace, they wondered what the semi-disassembled assassin droid with a riot gun doing in a heap beside the doorway in the Nexus Point's common room. Viveede told them Drew ordered the dangerous machine to be scrapped. For some reason, if it heard the words, "Sic 'em!" the inert droid would still fire its riot gun at whatever it was pointing at.
Old sketch of Viveede Briylle Colore
They decided that they would dispose of it after the upcoming mission.
The Plight of a Childhood Friend
They flew through Belderone customs and security easily with the Nexus Point, landing at the city of Thirse.
Disguised as civilians, the trio travelled through Thirse and found the residence of Derin Heightson, a small single-story house with a medium-sized yard surrounded by a three-metre tall wall. They broke in and found the overturned furniture and blaster scoring on the walls in the house. Searching the bedroom, Phoenix found a well-hidden keycard that activated Heightson's personal computer terminal. The last file recorded was a voice log clearly made during a blaster fight.
Heightson's voice told them that if he was captured, he would be taken to the Thirse security detention centre.
The sound of a stun blast cut off his voice, ending the file.
Outside, a speeder truck pulled over and a stormtrooper heavy weapons squad filed out of it. Shanna spotted them from the living room, alerted the other and laid covering fire. Phoenix pried open the back door and the trio ran out to the back yard, climb a ladder to the kitchen roof which connected with the south yard wall, and climbed down the arien vines to the alleyway.
They sprinted out the alley right into the sights of the trooper manning the heavy repeating blaster on the back of the speeder truck. The trio evaded the first volley and Phoenix threw a grenade that destroyed the truck.
They fled into the night.
After their previous adventure to the "illusory" planet of Zarligrenor, the strikeforce decided to take a week off at the Ginuvar system located also in the Enteague Sector.
Episode 05 The Rogue Lieutenant
Moonlighting at Ginuvar
Ginuvar was a patchwork of territories belonging to galactic and local corporations such as Industrial Automaton, SoroSuub, BlasTech, Neurosaav and Koensayr. Ginuvar's seas were a broth of toxic compounds and most of her land were a plethora of factory complexes, power generation stations, arcologies and atmosphere scrubbers.
The Nexus Point however landed in the planetary capital of Porzohal, a city built in the Green Zone, the only territory on Ginuvar still with a green and natural ecosystem, jungles and grasslands and all in the planet's equatorial zone.
The planet log above was made after the Second Edition rulebook was released.
Phoenix Avalon and Jon Dean thought that they should let their bounty hunting team-mates Shanna Toarinar and Ace Browning Crossfire take the lead and get them some credits hunting for bounty. They headed to a local security centre and discovered that Enteague's Imperial Governor Jannor had placed a bounty of 3,000 credits on Imperial Army officer Lieutenant Shade Anghor, dead or alive, for murder, desertion and the theft of thirty million credits.
Some seedy characters on the street sent them instead to a closed cantina named "Jaillor's Place" if they were interested in the bounty.
They were met there by the most powerful person on Ginuvar, the crime lord Harv Ironfist. Every corporation on the planet paid his organisation for the permission to set up their territories on the planet while Ironfist ensured the trains ran on time and planetary security protected their business enterprises.
Knowing Shanna and Ace to be bounty hunters, he offered them double the Imperial bounty if Lieutenant Anghor was delivered to him strictly alive. Ironfist informed them that Anghor is hiding in his secret manor on Tark's Plains at the neighbouring Kreane system.
The team agree to the job and return to the Nexus Point.
The Kreane Showdown
The Point set down in a clearing among the sagebrushes of Portgont Forest. Kreane was an arid world, full of deserts, rocky plains and tall dry cold mesas. Some regions were inhospitable to Human life. Although the town of Flogrosh was nearby, they followed Ironfist's directions and began hiking north toward Tark's Plains.
They soon arrived at a ring of mountains surrounding a small freshwater lake. On the island upon the lake was Anghor's manor.
They observed five visible Imperial troops guarding the manor, allied with Anghor no doubt. They sneaked towards the only bridge to the island and disposed of the lone scout trooper guarding it.
They discovered an underground hideout in the dusty yard across the way from the T-47 airspeeders parked beside the manor. They descended into the tunnels and made short work of a pair of stormtroopers waiting for them at the doors to Anghor's subterranean operations room.
They rushed into the room. Anghor defended himself with his SoroSuub Q2 holdout blaster. His determination to be protective of his three-million-credit stash was cut short by a blue stun bolt from Shanna's blaster rifle.
The commandeered the T-47s to return to the Nexus Point with the unconscious Anghor secured.
But the two surviving scout troopers - who had been within the manor - discovered that their boss had been apprehended and hopped into the remaining T-47s to pursue the team. Upon being beset by cannonfire, Ace did a 180 degrees turn and succeeded in taking the airspeeders out of the Kreane skies himself. Then he flew back towards the manor, cracked open his canopy and demolished the building with a well-placed thermal detonator.
The team noticed that there were armed men waiting for them at the Nexus Point as they landed their airspeeders.
Shanna drew her blaster to protect her bounty, but the crowd parted to reveal the authoritative figure of Harv Ironfist in their midst. He revealed to them that Shade Anghor used to be Shade Ironfist, their marauding younger brother who had left their family business and had joined the Empire, and he went rogue there as well.
Anghor's officers gave Shanna their 6,000-credit reward in hard cash. The last thing they heard before Ironfist's group left was that "it was time for Shade to be punished by mama."
With that, the team returned to Enteague Minor.
To be continued.
- The first bounty hunter adventure I ran for the campaign.
- I also made detailed local maps of the areas of Ginuvar and Kreane which have all been lost.
- Why were these stormtroopers corruptible? No idea. Should have explored that fact more in future sessions, but I did not.
Click here for The Test of Truth Part 1!
On their transport mission, the Nexus Point has crashed on an uncharted planet! Passenger Trace Traverse has disappeared! Their weapons are disabled! Unknown forces are closing in on the party!
Episode 04B The Test of Truth Part 2
Page 13: I could have done a better job showing the party exiting the ship from the Nexus Point's top hatch and then jumping onto the ground.
Page 13: All the fancy schmancy alien names here are made up years later, except for the name "Jorann".
Page 15: "The Forbidden Notch". Hur hur hur.
The fourth session of the campaign was run in 1989 but I drew a comic of it some time in the mid 1990s. Because of the references in the first page, I would say this was pencilled some time after I got Galaxy Guide 9: Fragments From The Rim. (Perhaps in 1994 or 1995.)
Besides the first page, which is my attempt to establish that stuff happens all over the Galactic Empire, everything else should have happened more or less according to the game. The script is, obviously, not 100% as spoken by the players.
Because the comic has 24 pages, it will be divided between two blog entries with 12 pages each entry to minimise bandwidth strain, because graphics or something.
Episode 04A The Test of Truth Part 1
Last time on Strikeforce Enteague, a number of handpicked fringer-type agents were assembled and then transferred to the moon Enteague Minor in the Enteague Sector. The former commando Drew Greyhelm intention to form his strikeforce was coming to pass.
Page 01: There are references to Noval Garaint and Elshandruu Pica from Galaxy Guide 9, and Wenny Boggs from the Star Wars Sourcebook on this page.
Page 02: Enteague Minor establishing shot and the first pic of the team (so to speak). This was before Aurebesh, so "FIREBIRD" is in Latin alphabet.
Episode 03 Snow Job
The adventures of the Strikefore Enteague continued as the team reloacated to the new Alliance outpost on the moon of Enteague Minor, to be commanded by rebel commando Drew Greyhelm, a native of the Sirsee system in the Enteague sector.
In their first official mission, pirate Phoenix Avalon, minor Jedi Ben One-Howel and the latest recruit outlaw Jon Dean, were assigned to scout the Engira system on the light freighter Parabolic Arc.
However, hyperdrive mishap caused their ship to crash into the frozen ice fields of the planet Kendell in the Kendell system, still within the sector. Salvaging supplies from the destroyed Parabolic Arc, they then trekked toward a know surveillance post nearby.
To speed up their movements, they hunt, corral and capture wild tauntauns (using the beast riding skills for the first time) to ride though the cold.
Kendell scene created with Terragen.
They found the surveillance post a smoking rubble, apparently destroyed by the Empire! That meant bad news for the Alliance starfighter outpost which was a two-day ride away by tauntaun.
After the first solo session that introduced Bounty Hunter Shanna Toarinar into the campaign, I ran a session for a larger group of players using the adventure included in West End Games' Star Wars The Roleplaying Game rule book, entitled Rebel Breakout.
I thought it amazing that the group consisted of players from my class as well as players a year and two years younger from different classes from school. Everyone was new at RPGs!
Episode 02 Rebel Breakout
A group consisting of Phoenix Avalon the pirate, Ace Browning Crossfire the bounty hunter, Phix an alien student of the Force (retroactively considered to be of Revwien species), Yoat Den the mercenary and Ben One-Howel an minor Jedi rendezvous at Mesa 291, an abandoned lidium mine on Bothan's Planet, to meet with Tiree, a rebel recruitment agent.
However, Tiree was nowhere to be found, but they discovered the droid R2-D0 a.k.a. "Deo" who claimed that Tiree had been injured in an Imperial ambush on the other side of the mine where their ships awaited.
Deo led them to some supplies, allowing them to gear up with weapons and equipment.
As Deo guided them through the abandoned and dangerous mine, they learned that Tiree had been shot by an Imperial Security Bureau Agent Mar Barezz who was leading a platoon of stormtroopers to capture Tiree and his recruitees.
The team braved cave ins, mynock attacks, an ambush by stormtroopers armed with a repeating blaster and the plasma fires of the abandoned mine as they used a winch to rappel down to deeper levels of the mine where their escape crafts were parked.
They were being taunted by Mar Barezz as they did this.
On the other side of the mine, they had a stand off with Mar Barezz, who thanks to overconfidence, was seriously injured in the firefight.
The far side of the mine, it appeared, was an enormous cavern where three Koensayr BTL-S3 Y-wing fighters were parked. Tiree was unconscious but alive, slumped over in the rear seat of one of the ships.
Then the rest of the stormtrooper platoon rushed into the cavern, peppering the Y-wings with blaster bolts as the rebel recruits got into the ship's cockpits (2 pilots per ship including Deo) and quickly shut the canopy. Deo was lowered into an astromech socket.
Outside the cave, a phalanx of AT-AT walkers were advancing toward them, their forward cannons trained at the large cave entrance. The recruits engaged their fighters' repulsorlifts and swiftly slid out of the cave. The AT-ATs opened up. Red bolts missed their mark as the Y-wings soared into the sky and into space.
Deo linked the fighters' navicomputers and input a set of calculations he was preloaded with.
The ships jumped into hyperspace in a sudden blur.
The Y-wings arrived at the rebel outpost in the Tierfon system where Tiree was given medical aid. Phoenix, Ace and Ben were met by a commando who invited them to join the strikeforce he was building which would be based in the Enteague Sector. The team was then transported to the moon of Enteague Minor.
To be continued.
- Yeah, this pretty much went by the numbers. Gimme a break. It was only the second ever (and first published) game I'd even ran.
- Also, the photos above are recent. Like a couple-of-hours-before-publishing-of-entry-recent.
- Players of Phoenix, Ace and Ben became regulars in my games.
- The Epilogue - or any reference to the forming of the Strikeforce - is a retcon after I had run maybe 10 sessions later. I don't remember exactly when I retconned all the single episodes to be part of the Strikeforce Enteague campaign proper.
It was way back in 1989 when I received my first tabletop RPG, the first edition Star Wars The Roleplaying Game and the Star Wars Sourcebook by West End Games. I read through the rules and thought, let's try this out. I didn't even start with "Rebel Breakout", the introductory adventure that came in the book. I took a school exercise book and created a maze of corridors and rooms and thought, "Okay, this'll make a great Imperial space station interior." Actually the map wouldn't make a lick of sense as a military installation, but it was my first try.
Sila decided to be a bounty hunter and rolled up a player character whom she named Shanna Toarinar, and she went on to play Shanna for another ten years in realtime thereafter. And the campaign would go on for many years until I was able to fill out a sourcebook using story elements from different sessions.
Shanna was a bounty hunter who wears dark combat fatigues, grey flak armour, arm greaves and shin guards. Her parents were killed by Imperial stormtroopers when she was five and now she only hunted Imperial targets.
Episode 01 Trial Run
Shanna arrived at a secret Imperial space station orbiting the planet Sirsee. Deciding that she would have better luck hunting and killing Imperials, she had decided to join the Rebel Alliance. But as a trial of her skills, she was given a mission to retrieve a stolen prototype A-Wing fighter. This fighter's computer had encrypted plans and schematics for a new X-Wing extended range variant. The A-Wing was located on this station.
She arrived at the station hidden on a Lambda-class shuttle. Although she succeeded in sneaking off the shuttle as it was refueling, a remote sensor in the hangar bay registered her motion. Klaxons blared and the station went to full alert status much to her annoyance.
A scout trooper spotted her immediately and tried to stop her, but she put a bolt on the scout's chest armour via her long, slender custom blaster rifle. She slipped out of the bay, crept throughout the cramped corridors and reach a blast door. A bored stormtrooper was guarding it. She snuck past him and crossed the blast door threshold.
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