Tales of the Iron Horse

Archived Chronology

25 BrS

YT-1300 771024XAM is constructed by the Corellian Engineering Corporation. It is purchased later the same year, and registered to (DATA CORRUPTED)

YT-1300 771024XAM is renamed to Iron Horse.

16:5:23 GrS

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine issues his Declaration of a New Order to the Galactic Senate, formally reorganizing the Republic into an Empire, with him as Emperor, and legalizing the extermination of the Jedi Order.

22:8:12 GrS

The Cybot Galactica corporation introduces its new line of RN medical nursing droids, touted to not only have the most comprehensive medical knowledge available but also to have the best bedside manner matrix yet developed. The first such line is the L0 class.

23:9:17 GrS

The Imperial Public Works Department releases a statement heralding a new era for mining and infrastructure and announces its plans to develop a state of the art Imperial Planetary Ore Extractor.

24:2:1 GrS

After mass recalls following an obstinate and unbreakable independent streak, the Cybot Galactica corporation retires the L0 class of RN droids, replacing them with the new B4 class. Many L0’s are recycled.

25:7:8 GrS

The Imperial Security Bureau commissions the creation of a line of elite assassin droids, intended to discretely eliminate enemies of the Empire. The Project Z line is created.

28:8:24 GrS

Iron Horse is bought at auction by pilot and smuggler Jundan Draylock.

29:3:31 GrS

The Gand tradesman Zartesh acquires a loan enabling him to start a blaster dealership and repair business. His son Zukesh works for him to negotiate with suppliers and vendors.

30:10:17 GrS

ISB assassin droid ZD-109 is scheduled for memory reset. Realizing this and achieving self-awareness, “Zed” kills one of his handlers and escapes, harboring newfound grudges against his previous employers.

32:4:28 GrS

Corellian smuggler Let Rindo, in need of a new berth, signs on to the Iron Horse and befriends Jundan Draylock.

33:5:1 GrS

The Corellian Treaty is signed in secret, formally creating the Alliance to Restore the Republic, which immediately issues the Declaration of Rebellion.

33:8:22 GrS

During an infiltration job at the palace of Fuddal the Hutt, Let Rindo and Jundan Draylock are compromised. Rindo seizes a chance to escape and abandon’s Draylock to the Hutt’s mercy, taking off with Draylock’s ship, the Iron Horse.

33:10:14 GrS

Let Rindo hires the wookiee mechanic Lofbacca to repair and maintain the ship. He happily takes the position for the berth and a substantial portion of the cargo area.

35:3:5 GrS

Citing its corruption by agents of the Rebellion, Emperor Palpatine orders the dissolution of the Imperial Senate until the emergency was resolved. Until such time, Moffs and Regional Governors are granted total control over their sectors.

35:3:7 GrS

The project known as the Imperial Planetary Ore Extractor is revealed to be in fact the DS-1 Orbital Battle Station—the “Death Star.” As a public show of force aimed at making citizens afraid of aiding the Rebellion, Grand Moff Tarkin orders the Death Star to destroy the planet of Alderaan.

35:3:10 GrS

At a casino on the Wheel, Let Rindo wins two prototype blasters in a Sabacc game from Capo Navik, a Rodian representative of N’Gant-Zarvel Weapons Manufacturing. Upon detecting later that Rindo had cheated, Navik puts a bounty on Rindo’s head.

35:3:14 GrS

The Alliance deals a major blow to the Empire, using nimble starfighters to exploit the Death Star’s weaknesses and destroy it, moments before it would have fired on their primary base on Yavin IV.

35:4:1 GrS

The criminal crew of the Rampant Star hires skilled Duros slicer Jad Slarka to help them rob a major casino on Cloud City.

35:4:3 GrS

After several shady dealings from associates of his supposedly trustworthy lenders, Zartesh’s blaster business is revealed to be involved in criminal operations. Unable to keep his reputable customers and unwilling to seek dirty work, Zartesh became deep in debt to his lenders. His son Zukesh decides he must take matters in his own hands to free his family from debt. With a hot tip on an incredibly lucrative deal, he leaves Gand in search of a crew that can help.

35:4:5 GrS

Following the successful heist, the crew of the Rampant Star abandon Jad Slarka on Cloud City, without payment. Authorities (and the casino management) are still investigating the theft. Jad Slarka lays low while looking for a way off-world and the potential to get back at the Rampant Star.

35:4:8 GrS

Corellian thief Rogan Bastra joins the crew of the Iron Horse to assist in jobs requiring his expertise.

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Debts to Pay
A simple job gone weird.

35:5:6 GrS

The crew of the Iron Horse are hired by Bargos the Hutt on Ord Mantell to investigate his recently-purchased mining development on Garvos.

The investigation determines that the mining facility’s droids overthrew the human population (killing most of them) and planned on an overall droid uprising. The crew of the Iron Horse quelled the rebellion, but not before a collapse of the mining facility.

Records from the mining facility indicate that its resources were near depletion.

Shortly after delivering this information to Bargos and collecting the reward, Rogan Bastra went missing.

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Trouble Brewing
An unexpected detour from the law.

35:5:30 GrS

Eluding bounty hunters sent to capture him, Let Rindo takes the Iron Horse to the far Outer Rim world of Formos, intending to wait for the pressure to die down.

Entreated by dying protocol droid J9-B8, they decide to investigate its death and the kidnapping of his companion astromech R4-W9.

Enlisting the help of marooned bounty Hunter Kel Sindak, the crew track down the crimes to the local thug leader Bandin Dobah. Realizing that there are two sizable bounties on Dobah’s head, the crew elects to find and capture him.

Following the trail to his base on a distant asteroid, the Iron Horse is eventually able to subdue and capture Dobah (along with a sizable shipment of spice found in his hold). Deciding that Imperial entanglements are not worth the trouble, the crew chooses to collect the bounty of 5,000 credits on the planet Sleheyron from Thakba the Hutt—who is also happy to purchase their spice shipment.

Kel Sindak remains on Formos and later arranges for passage to the Wheel.

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Making Friends
A quick pit stop.

35:6:3 GrS

Shortly after the affair on Formos, the Iron Horse became in need of a replacement Hyperdrive motivator. Rindo drops Lofbacca on Tattooine and hides the ship on a nearby moon while the mechanic locates the necessary part. While in the parts shop, a firefight breaks out when some local thugs attempt to shake down the shopkeep. The wookiee comes to the shopkeep’s defense, as well as the Gand trader Zukesh, who was shopping and got caught in the crossfire. During this firefight, the abandoned medical droid L0RN-A inadvertently activated (not without some internal circuitry damage) and assists the others as they dispatch of the thugs.

The local authorities do not charge any crimes but do not want any further trouble and demand the immediate departure of the combatants. Lofbacca acquires the part and returns. With nowhere else to go, Zukesh and L0RN-A join the crew of the Iron Horse.

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The Jewel of Yavin - Episode I
Scoping things out

The Jewel of Yavin

Episode I: Odds and Opportunity

35:8:16 GrS

Knowing that the crew of the Iron Horse is in need of work, Zukesh is able to leverage the tip he acquired from business contacts. This leads them to Cloud City in what is supposed to be a smuggling job. Their liaison will be Aris Shend.

Upon arriving, they soon find their employer is Aris’s father, Arend Shen, and his smuggling job is in fact the heist of a lifetime. Their task will be to not only the Jewel of Yavin—currently owned by Marus Grayson—while it is on display for auction, but then to slice into the auction’s funding account to steal the winning bid as well. Doing so will require much preparation, cunning, and daring.

The Dirt

The crew investigates the bidders to acquire as much information possible that could be leveraged during the auction gala to drive up the bids.

The Joint
They also investigate the Figg & Associates Art Museum to determine its floor plan, security features, personnel, and any potential weaknesses.

The Slice
Slicing into the auction’s funding account will require great finesse, so the crew prepares and make all necessary arrangements for slicing into the account to divert the winning funds.

-Obtain adequate computer spike
-Sample Cloud City’s government encryption
-Make preparations to deal with Lobot

The Prix
One of the surest ways to access the auction gala is to win the Cloud City Grand Prix, a prestigious race surrounding the city in cloud cars. In order to win, preparation will be key.

-Acquire Cloud Car and secure berth in the race
-Make any desired modifications to the Cloud Car
-Investigate competition

35:8:20 GrS
Racing under the banner of “Mynock Motors”, Let Rindo starting from the back of the grid with gunner Zed, manage to avoid the perilous circuit of Tibannucks, Beldons, explosive gases, Velkers, and ever-increasing blaster fire from the other racers, and rocket to the head of the pack, landing squarely in first place and on their way to the auction gala.

With Hunn, Rayzer, and many of the other backmarkers blasted out of the field, the final podium was

  1. L. Rindo, Mynock Motors
  2. R. Carrae, Team Carbine
  3. J. Zinton, Force Corellia
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At Your Command
(DATA CORRUPTED)

35:8:20 GrS

The encryption sample went south fast.

Lorna had to back out. She was already discovered in the network. But she had to back out before it could be traced to her, and her friends. She was losing time. She could feel Lobot’s tendrils closing in on her location. The game would be up soon. She could not compromise her friends.

What could she do? There was no other way.

A violent shock shot through her and into the uplink terminal.

(DATA CORRUPTED)

ACTION UNAVAILABLE.
L0RN-A OFFLINE.
MEMORY IRRETRIEVABLE.

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The Jewel of Yavin - Episode II
Party on Cloud Nine

The Jewel of Yavin

Episode II: The Greatest Caper

35:8:20 GrS

Having won the Cloud City Grand Prix, the crew of the Iron Horse secures entrance to the auction gala. But with their droid companion Lorna deactivated, they need a slicer within six hours. Let Rindo is able to rustle up some info at the Four and a Half, ultimately meeting Jad Slarka, who’s up to the job as long as it means he gets off Cloud City. With new companion in tow, the crew heads to the Figg & Associates Art Museum that evening to enjoy the festivities.

Using the information they gathered, they leverage against the bidders, who drop out one by one as the pot becomes too rich.

After a close call between Zukesh and Fuddal the Hutt, Let Rindo makes contact with associate Jundan Draylock—now working for Fuddal as payment of his debt. Jundan, seeking both his freedom and the return of the Iron Horse, agrees to set up a meeting with the Hutt.

Using slightly better tack, the crew are able to negotiate for Fuddal’s continued bidding—even with the loss of the Jewel—in exchange for the delivery of Vorse Tabarith’s bookkeeper.

The auction dwindles to just two—Fuddal and Zekra Fol, who seems calm but relentless in the pursuit of acquiring the jewel for OREMC. At last though, Fuddal proves the “victor”, securing the Jewel of Yavin at 200,000 credits…

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Banking on a Break
Slicing Ahead

Just after the auction ends, the pressure is on for Jad Slarka to earn his place among the crew by slicing into the auction’s funding account and divert the funds. While Let Rindo arranges for assistance and getaway with Jundan Draylock, Jad, Zukesh, and Zed head to the lower industrial docks to apprehend a remote banking droid. Once they are able to deactivate him and return him to their apartment, Jad begins the work of slicing through.

It is a harrowing task, with many near misses. He creates many diversions and puts much of Cloud City’s administration on alert for countless phantom emergencies. At one point, they fake a transmission by an Imperial Moff to Lando Calrissian, the Baron Administrator of Cloud City. The ruse was unsuccessful but was at least enough to distract administration long enough for him to secure access to the banking system.

Though Jad was unable to avoid raising Lobot’s suspicious entirely, he was able at last to divert the funds without being detected.

All that remains now is to secure the Jewel itself…

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Double or Nothing
Breaking & Entering

35:8:21 GrS

With the cash safely in their accounts and Jundan Draylock giving them a rundown of the guard duties, the crew are prepared to break into the Figg & Associates Art Museum to steal the Jewel of Yavin. Jundan has also provided them with the help of a pilot and ace marksman , Dash Tharand, who has been working in Fuddal’s entourage.

Zukesh has disappeared, though, and the crew has a narrow window to act. Deciding that they cannot afford to abandon the plan to find out what has happened to the Gand, they proceed to make their break. They settle on climbing into the central wind corridor from below, in lower Port Town, and make the arduous 100 floor climb to the 22nd level. Once there, they have a brief run-in with a flock of nesting rawwks, but are able to quickly evade them and slip into the museum’s maintenance room.

Jad is able to slice into the museum’s main systems and seal four of the guards in the Tapcafe. The crew quickly scrambles communications and moves to neutralize the security droid. Zed makes quick work of the remaining guards, but not before the others are able to escape the Tapcafe. Before any can escape to alert the Wing Guard, however, Jad locks the outer doors and the crew are able to dispatch of them.

At last, the Jewel of Yavin is there for the taking. Destroying its electrorailing defenses, they snatch up the jewel and prepare to escape.

But not before they Elaiza confronts them and asks them to hand it over, stating that she needs it to fight injustice in the galaxy. Not fully understanding why, Let Rindo quickly agrees to give her the gem. She makes mysterious comments about his potential, and thanks the crew, before bidding them goodbye.

The crew (ignoring calls from Arend Shen) grab what valuables they can and escape to Port Town, just before the guard shift change, only to find that the Iron Horse is not in dock. Let raises Jundan on comms, who is waiting beneath the clouds with the ship. He quickly lands and the crew boards, prepared to take off. However, the control tower halts their landing, as dozens of the Wing Guard storm into the bay…

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The Jewel of Yavin - Episode III
Plan B.

The Jewel of Yavin

Episode III: Escape to the Clouds

35:8:21 GrS

Thinking fast, Jundan Draylock instructs the others to escape out the drop hatches of the smuggling compartment, just before he welcomes the Wing Guard on to search the ship. They are following a transponder attached to some of the stolen artifacts. The crew soon escape out the hangar only to run into some goons sent by Arend Shen, now displeased with the group’s apparent betrayal.

They duck into the Grand Galaxy Holo-Park and make use of its many distractions to get the upper hand on Shen’s goons, able to quickly dispatch them. With the Wing Guard hot on their tail, Jad Slarka slices into the holoprojectors to confuse them with hundred of doubles of the crew.

The Wing Guard are able to get the holoprojectors shut down but only just as the crew escape through the crowds and into the central wind corridor. Using a maintenance lift (commandeered from an Ugnaught service technician) they quickly descend to the very bottom of the Cloud City structure to rendezvous with Jundan and the Iron Horse at ventral port 4. As they board, they are accosted by a Bespin Defense Force cloud car, who pursues them, but the cloud car is blasted into the clouds just as the Iron Horse rockets out of atmo.

Before the navicomputer can get a starfix, Arend Shen’s yacht The Venture cruises into view with six Z95 headhunters prepared to intercept. The turrets fire into them wildly but the blasts find no targets, and Dash Tharand scrambles to keep the ship flying, over Jundan’s pleas to keep his boat intact. The fighters launch a volley of missiles, with a few finding their way to the ship, punching a hole in the Iron Horse’s hull. Things look grim, but Jad manages to punch a course in and the ship jumps to hyperspace, and safety, for now…

XP earned

  • Session: 5 XP
  • Eluding pursuers in the Holo-Park: 10 XP
  • Escaping from Bespin Defense Force: 5 XP

TOTAL 20 XP

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