Dark Times

Episode II: Rise of the Bando Gora

The PCs have been on Malastare since defeating the Bragadoon gang, searching for clues to the mysterious High Priestess. They awake one morning to find a mysterious note requesting a meeting at The Flying Dug.

They proceeded to The Flying Dug where they were accosted by a floozy called Zalusha, who is a Twi’lek woman, and very provocatively dressed. She proceeds to hit on (Chris R) and at one point, slips him a credit chit and asks him to reserve the back room.

Once they are alone, she reveals that she left the note and that she is working under cover in the Bando Gora cult. She is after the location of the High Priestess as well and suggests the PCs return with her to the Bando Gora base as potential recruits. The PCs agree, but first they needed to find a way off world.

Zalusha mentions that she has a ship waiting, the Quantum Crate, but that one of the PCs will need to file the requisite paperwork. Baniss Keeg agrees to pose as the fake owner of the ship, Ellios Tauo. He proceeds to the Imperial HQ. He receives the requisite paperwork from Juro Alak and fills it out with the information Zalusha provided.

Baniss is then ushered in to meet with a mid-level bureaucrat named Mallo Northic. Mallo explains that the Imperials are looking for a group of Jedi that are rumored to be on Malastare and are instructed to follow up any applications of groups of individuals that appear to be leaving in a hurry. Baniss was able to convice Mallo that they are not the adventurers they are looking for and leaves.

Baniss and Zalusha then meet up with the rest of the PCs at the hangar bay. As they are about to take off, a group of Stormtroopers arrive to do a quick inspection. Charles convinces the Stormtroopers that they aren’t adventurers of any kind and they leave. Afterwards, Baniss flies the group off Malastare.

Zalusha then instructs Baniss to fly the PCs to Tarnoonga. During the flight, Zalusha explains that the PCs will be tested to prove they are worthy to join the Bando Gora. As they approach the base on Tarnoonga, the ship becomes unresponsive and crashes into the ocean.

The PCs exit the ship and begin to swim toward the base. En route, they are attacked by a miridon. The miridon takes bites out of Jean-Paul and Kyle Merritt. Charles and Chris R. shoot the beast from a distance and eventually, defeat it.

The PCs eventually reach the mountain and climb up to a small cave. Zalusha fiddles with the wall and a panel slides away as the PCs enter the base. They see a hooded figure sitting around a bank of computers. Zalusha explains that she brought the PCs to be tested.

hooded figure then asks the PCs a series of questions about why they want to join and whether they are Imperials or a rival gang looking to move in to their territory. Apparently satisfied with their answers, the hooded figure opens a doorway on the left and instructs the PCs to enter and begin their challenge.

The PCs enter a room with a long hallway. Chris R. starts walking down the hallway but is met by turret fire after a few steps. The other PCs follow his footsteps and attempt to step where Chris R. did and was not shot at. Kyle attempts to jump over several of the panels. Jean-Paul and Chris R. eventually notice small drops of blood indicating where not to step, as well as faint footprints indicating a safe pass, allowing the PCs to reach the end of the room without drawing any further turret fire.

The PCs next enter a room with seven bottles of liquid sitting on a table, all in a row. There is a note card that reads:

Danger lies before you, while safety lies behind,
Two of us will help you, whichever you would find,
One among us seven will let you move ahead,
Another will transport the drinker back instead,
Two among our number hold only meir wine,
Three of us are killers, waiting hidden in line.
Choose, unless you wish to stay here forevermore,
To help you in your choice, we give you these clues four:

First, however slyly the poison tries to hide
You will always find some on meir wine’s left side;
Second, different are those who stand at either end,
But if you would move onward, neither is your friend;
Third, as you see clearly, all are different size,
Neither dwarf nor giant holds death in their insides;
Fourth, the second left and second on the right
Are twins once you taste them, though different at first sight.

Kyle Merritt and Charles attempt to decipher the riddle while Chris R. asks them to figure out which ones have wine in them. They eventually narrow down which opens the doors and hand over the wine to Chris R. who promptly begins drinking.

The last room contained two doors, one booby trapped and one not. Kyle Merritt used his knowledge of the Force to determine which door was safe to open. The next room revealed three doors and the room after that, four. Each time Kyle Merritt and Jean-Paul relied on their knowledge of the Force to determine the correct door.

Opening the last door puts the PCs back in the room with the hooded figure who congratulates them on surviving the first next. Next, he instructs the PCs to locate a datapad that was recently stolen from them. He says the criminals are at one of four bases and instructs the PCs to find the datapad, eliminate the criminals, and return the datapad to him.

At first glance, none of the caves appear to be in use. However, on closer inspection, one of the caves reveals a small panel that opens a door, revealing the pirates. There is a Quarren, some Rodian, and a couple of Togorians. The Quarren immediately singles out Chris R. to render him utterly defenseless. The Togorians then charge at Jean=Paul and Chris R. Charles and Kyle Merritt quickly eliminate the rodians and the Quarren. Eventually, the PCs defeat the pirates and recover the datapad, which is blank.

The PCs return to the hooded figure with the data pad. The hooded figure then instructs the PCs that for their final test, the Jedi must kill an unarmed prisoner in cold blood. Both Kyle Merritt and Jean-Paul refuse at which point the hooded figure triggers some knockout gas and reveals that he is a droid.

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