Episode 3.09 - Escape Velocity, Chapter 2
Shards of Exploration
Episode 3.09: Escape Velocity, Chapter 2
Unexpected information brought the heroes to the remote mining settlement of TUNRING STATION. They are there in search of the missing Jem Vandos, head of the VANDOS KAJIDIC. If found, it would ease the tensions between the Freedworlds and the Meldari Council.
At Tunring Station, the heroes find who could be the missing “Gamesman of Nar Shaddaa”. They also find a town under the boot of a mining corporation. The town is slowly dying for corporate profit.
Now, the heroes are inside the Bent Spanner Cantina, surrounded by pirates. There they must rescue a lookalike of Jem Vandos. Without the impostor, they have no chance to recover the real Jem Vandos. Meanwhile, one of Sargon Xan’s Seed Drones arrives at the edge of Tunring Station to begin its dire work on the locals.
The war in the Chalcedon system has come to a bloody, ragged end. But even though the war ended, the battles continue. Brush fires from scattered pirates and insurgents harass the young Republic.
Freedworlds forces, battered and bloody, are unbowed. They work overtime to stamp out these problems with an eye to avoid the mistakes of the past. Chancellor Kanter is well aware of the path that was taken between the Old Republic and the tyranny of the Galactic Empire. She has no urge to repeat those mistakes.
Now, the actual work to build a stable and just government has started. Already the first challenge has appeared: the Hutt Meldari Council.
Black Sun retreated into the shadows, leaving the Hutts no choice but to concede Chalcedon to the Freedworlds. With no other options, the Hutts entered a negotiation with the Freedworlds Republic for concessions over captured prisoners of war, resources, business deals, and more.
One issue stands in the way of the others, and may be the Hutt’s main grievance: the kidnapping of Jem Vandos. Vandos is the only humanoid to be legally considered a ‘Hutt’ and a voting member of the Meldari Council. To the Hutts, Vandos is legally one of their own. So this kidnapping is a dire offense.
The Hutt Kajidics, or clans, blame the Freedworlds for the kidnapping. Chancellor Kanter denies it.
As the negotiations are at a stalemate, Chancellor Kanter has dispatched dozens of teams to scour the system for Jem Vandos. Returning the man to the Hutts would break the stalemate.
On Chalcedon, the heroes regroup to get their bearing and a long, two week rest. Looming over them are the ghosts of problem’s past...
But now, more pressing troubles have emerged…
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