The Force Falls Dark

Desert Dawn

The Ace of Spades heads to Tatooine, a Hutt-controlled Indepedent system, after stopping along the way to mine some ice from an asteroid belt.

The planet was surrounded by a bustle of ships coming and going, some simply hanging in orbit, and the radio chatter was intense. Seamus managed to cut through the noise and discovered less than half a dozen Sith Empire transponder codes, but they were different from standard modern codes and so they are either from before the cease fire or they are stolen ships with (failed) attempts made to modify the transponder.

The crew land and lock up in a spaceport, turning to the locals to find a dealer of water. Despite most buildings having Moisture Farms on the roof, it seems water is still a major commodity in the area, being sold from many market stalls and storefronts.

The cityscape is very different from what might be thought of from an Outer Rim world; fully half of the planet is inhabited by a large single city-state, with the other half taken up by barren desert. Cliff facings, mountains and rolling plains all have been dug into, built upon and made into a beautiful sandy city. The people take their time and are arrogant about it, not willing to allow interruptions to their meanderings through the streets.

They find out about Mashay, a water dealer of great repute that is unaffiliated with any guilds or other businesses. Mashay tests the ice sample brought by the party and is impressed, and offers 12 credits per litre for the entire amount they have, but is taken aback by the sheer amount it is. It seems that clean shipments of this magnitude are rare to this dealer. He asks for some time to find resellers to take the shipment off his hands quickly so that he doesn’t need to bother with storage, but also so he can raise the funds to buy the produce from the party in the first place.

As they conclude their discussion, the 3 Jedi sense a disturbance in the Force; a Force power used nearby in anger. Dana concentrates on the feeling, and senses that the user was scared, then angry, and is currently running. The party then rushes to find the source of this disturbance.

Charging into the huge market sector, a large rectangle of land cleared of buildings but packed with stalls, tents and people, the party find a crowd surrounding a group of Sith Empire militiamen. All of a sudden, the crowd and the soldiers are thrust back as a sphere of expanding force pushes them all away from what appears to be a small Zabrak boy, around 8 years old. He is cowering and crying, seemingly scared and confused.

The party spring into action and engage the 5 Sith soldiers. Lorsha quickly throws their weapons aside using the Force, but one of them manages to keep hold of his gun. Temperence and Dana hurry toward the boy, passing their weapons to eachother as they go, each knowing their role to play in the coming fight. Seamus quickly runs over to the weapon pile, firing at the gun-wielder as he goes, and shoots at the Lightsaber taken from one of the Sith, destroying it.

Temperence hunkers down to the boy and tries to calm him down, asking his name and distracting him from the fighting happening all around them. As the soldier with the gun takes aim, something in Temperence’s head lets out a scream and she smoothly extends her arms to deflect the blaster bolt. This is the first time Temperence managed to master this power, and it impressed the boy enough for him to share his name: Tiran.

Dana interposes between the boy and the Sith who had the Lightsaber, and threatens him as she ignites Temperence’s Lightsaber. He tries to Force Choke Dana, but Lorsha uses her telepathy to bolster Dana’s abilities and allows her to break free. The Sith then tries to blind Dana by throwing sand at her, but she blocks it with inhuman speed thanks to Lorsha’s telepathic boost. The Sith then turns tail and runs toward the weapon pile. Dana gives chase and Lorsha tries to Force Stun him, but his powers are too great and she merely slows him down.

The other three Sith soldiers all stand up and trying to tackle the Jedi, managing to cut Dana and Lorsha, but bouncing off of Temperence’s shield.

Lorsha grabs the soldier that attacked her and sends pulses of the Force through his body until he falls into a deep sleep.

Dana grabs her attacker and locks him into a headlock with the Lightsaber and his own knife both pressed up against his neck, incapacitating him.

The Sith Force User then confronts Seamus, deftly dodging the remains of his own Lightsaber that are thrown at him by Dana using the Force. Seamus shoots him in the leg, and is about the get a face full of Force Lightning when the Sith turns and sees his men fallen, one grappled by Dana, and the last one with the gun entirely forgotten by the GM.

Despite his bravado, the Sith prepares to describe how his mission was to find and capture this boy for Darth Roth under orders of one of his Lieutenants. Before he can say more, Lorsha cloaks herself from sight using her new Force abilities she learned from Ridal Dyas, and uses the Force to suggest a change in flow in the Sith before her, rendering him unconscious. Lorsha then feels a wave of contentment and serenity as she uses her first Light-side powers.

The Tattooine militia then come and mop up, and Tiran takes the party to his house whre his single mother should be waiting. He charges off toward the house but Lorsha senses danger, and uses Force Thrust to move Tiran out the way of the door as he presses the button to open it; Dana rushed ahead and manages to catch him before he goes flying off toward a wall, while Temperence used Force Surge to quickly run into the doorway, taking a glancing hit from a Blaster Pistol.

A man in armour and a mask, with a grating electronic voice, asks for the boy to be handed over. The party refuse. A fight brews.

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