Biel'lash: In Search of Scum and Villainy.   Posted by Narrator.Group: 0
Narrator
 GM, 58 posts
Tue 6 Oct 2015
at 23:53
Biel'lash: In Search of Scum and Villainy
Vakin Drell and Grick-Pur-Yi make an odd couple as they walk through the streets of central Biel'lash. Though Vakin is no longer alternating between gawking at his surroundings and wincing due to the sunlight, he needs to repeatedly slow down in order to allow his Jawa companion to keep up.

The two head for Melek Street, which a local holoboard identified as a haven for nightlife. However, upon arriving, they realize that Melek Street is much more upscale than one they had in mind. Though it's midday, and they won't open for a few more hours at least, the best candidates they have identified are Yaz's, which looks like it offers the most tame "clubbing" experience possible, and The 1477, which appears to be a bar that caters towards those aspiring to the upper classes, but who aren't quite there yet.
Grick-Pur-Yi
 player, 20 posts
Wed 7 Oct 2015
at 14:18
Biel'lash: In Search of Scum and Villainy
Grick tugs on his companion's sleeve and shakes his head. If he can keep from being jostled long enough he will say "Miners. Should find them.. away, maybe."

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Vakin Drell
 NPC, 4 posts
Wed 7 Oct 2015
at 14:23
Biel'lash: In Search of Scum and Villainy
"I was just thinking the same thing, little buddy," the human replies. "These joints aren't quite my style anyway."
Grick-Pur-Yi
 player, 21 posts
Wed 7 Oct 2015
at 14:40
Biel'lash: In Search of Scum and Villainy
Grick nods and clears a path with his blaster rifle says, "Find speeder, maybe magtrain? I am too short to see."
Narrator
 GM, 61 posts
Wed 7 Oct 2015
at 15:09
Biel'lash: In Search of Scum and Villainy
Vakin nods and begins looking for some form of transportation they can use. However, they look without success. There doesn't seem to be any form of public transit whatsoever, and while the could hire a speeder, the costs seem beyond exorbitant to both of them. They resume looking on foot, with Vakin leading Grick-Pur-Yi around the city.

From looking at the holoboards around central Biel'lash, they can't find anything that looks like it might be where miners would congregate anywhere close to them. But it's obvious, especially to the Jawa, that the holoboards are only showing a small section of town. Grick-Pur-Yi directs Vakin to lead him further and further away from their landing zone.

As they reach the edge of the areas displayed on the holoboard maps, they encounter a massive duracrete wall. It looks to be a good ten meters high and five meters thick, but Grick-Pur-Yi knows that the city is bigger than what they've seen. The Jawa begins following the perimeter of the wall until he finds a gatehouse guarded by two humans.

The humans are wearing the same uniforms as the woman who greeted them in the docking facility. However, they are also wearing blast vests and carrying blaster carbines and stun batons. They seem bored, as there's really virtually no traffic through their gatehouse. As the Jawa and the human pass through the gatehouse, the guards barely even seem to acknowledge their presence.

Once outside the walls, the entire character of the city changes completely. While the space immediately outside the walls has a few decently built structures, most of it, especially further from the walls, is a mess of dilapidated, shoddy, prefabricated hovels. While central Biel'lash was colored a clean mix of white, grey, and blue, the suburbs are an ashy burnt orange. The streets are paved, but that's about as much as can be said for them; vile odors assault the men's noses as they step away from the walls.

The two offworlders manage to find a bar catering to the locals easily enough. There's an establishment called Lucky's (though the sign's "L" and "s" are burnt out, leaving it reading "ucky'") built out of a cluster of shipping containers. As they enter, they see the place dimly lit by an assortment of differently-colored hanging lights, many of which are sputtering and on the point of going out. The two men nonetheless seem to fit in well enough, and nobody takes much notice of their entry.

It's still somewhat early, but their trek has taken enough time that the bar has opened and there are plenty of patrons around. Vakin definitely feels at home as he slides onto a metal bar stool and effortless helps his Jawa companion up onto the one next to him. The bartender, a Gran with a missing eye, turns to them after a minute or two and simply grunts, "Drinks." They're not sure if it's a question.
Grick-Pur-Yi
 player, 22 posts
Wed 7 Oct 2015
at 20:38
Biel'lash: In Search of Scum and Villainy
The Jawa is not sure, but he doubts they will have the strange beverages of Tatooine here on Biel'lash. He may have had something more common in Mos Isley. "You have... Marroot?" An herbal drink, only mildly intoxicating.

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Narrator
 GM, 63 posts
Wed 7 Oct 2015
at 21:05
Biel'lash: In Search of Scum and Villainy
The Gran grunts and nods. Vakin orders some Dantooinian malt liquor, and the bartender goes to fix their drinks. He returns shortly, grunts out "Two credits. Eh. Two each," and returns to serving his other patrons.

Vakin deliberately sat down next to a group of men in mining overalls. There are a handful of other patrons, but the group of miners constitutes the majority of the bar's clientele.

Vakin subtly whispers to the Jawa, "So, what do you want to do?"

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Grick-Pur-Yi
 player, 23 posts
Wed 14 Oct 2015
at 18:18
Biel'lash: In Search of Scum and Villainy
"Wait." The Jawa plans to finish one round, eavesdropping on the miners, and then buy them a round as a way to break the ice.
Narrator
 GM, 64 posts
Wed 14 Oct 2015
at 20:35
Biel'lash: In Search of Scum and Villainy
Drell chuckles and says, "Well, I can do that for sure!" The Gran arrives with their drinks. Vakin downs his in a single toss, and shudders and coughs as a result. Sheepishly, he whispers, "Been a while since I had this stuff."

The miners don't seem to be paying much attention to Vakin's antics. It takes the Jawa quite a while to figure out what they're talking about, but he eventually realizes that they're talking about some sort of sporting competition. Evidently, it's at least somewhat dangerous, because one of the players broke his arm. The effects of this on the team's prospects for success are apparently the topic of greatest interest.

Grick-Pur-Yi's ears perk up when he hears one of them switch gears to talking about a mining incident, but he is sadly disappointed at the lack of Vord in the conversation. Instead, one of the miners appears to be complaining about the poor state of droid maintenance in the shafts that he's working.
Grick-Pur-Yi
 player, 24 posts
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 18:32
Biel'lash: In Search of Scum and Villainy
They're going in friendly.

With the mention of droid maintenance, Grick spots his opportunity. "Pardon, lads. I couldn't help but overhear. You have droid problems?"

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Narrator
 GM, 65 posts
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 19:01
Biel'lash: In Search of Scum and Villainy
One of the miners, a gaunt human with calloused hands and sunken eyes, looks somewhat surprised when the Jawa mentions droid maintenance. He quickly recovers, though, and says, "Well, it ain't no secret. 'Ose droids been down 'ere too long. 'F it's just a matter o' greasin' 'em up, we'n do that, but sometimes 'e drill parts get outta whack, 'n' ain't shit we'n do about that. Blasted mechanics don't show up when you call 'em, or 'ey show up days after we ask'm."
Grick-Pur-Yi
 player, 25 posts
Fri 16 Oct 2015
at 20:19
Biel'lash: In Search of Scum and Villainy
Though they cannot see much of his facial expressions, the miners can see grick's glowing eyes narrow as he scowls. The Jawa growls up out, "And your boss doesn't make sure they get there on time? Who do you work for?"

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Narrator
 GM, 66 posts
Fri 16 Oct 2015
at 20:32
Biel'lash: In Search of Scum and Villainy
"868," he sighs.

One of his companions, a swarthy human with fiery red hair and sideburns but surprisingly dark skin chuckles and says, "Been tellin' you to come work with us for, how long now?"

The thin man doesn't dignify it with a response; clearly this is something they've been over again and again.
Grick-Pur-Yi
 player, 26 posts
Wed 21 Oct 2015
at 21:01
Biel'lash: In Search of Scum and Villainy
"Sir, a round for my friends here please!" Grick yips out. As he waits for the drinks, he says to the miner he was talking to before, "What problems you have with them? I could help, maybe?"
Narrator
 GM, 67 posts
Wed 21 Oct 2015
at 21:47
Biel'lash: In Search of Scum and Villainy
The redheaded human nods and grunts appreciatively at the Jawa. "Mighty generous of ya. Kasten," he introduces himself.

The thin man replies to the Jawa's offer, "Well, I can't pay you for it, but if ye're willin' to help, I won't say no."
Grick-Pur-Yi
 player, 27 posts
Wed 21 Oct 2015
at 23:13
Biel'lash: In Search of Scum and Villainy
Grick bows slightly, sat as he is in a chair. "I am Grick, and my comrade is Vakin" he inclines his head toward the human.

At the thinner man's comment, the Jawa raises up a hand reassuringly. "Do not worry. If I think of some way for you to repay me, we can discuss. Is that good?"

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Narrator
 GM, 68 posts
Wed 21 Oct 2015
at 23:39
Biel'lash: In Search of Scum and Villainy
Vakin nods and lifts his empty shot glass in salute. Though the men seem somewhat put off by Vakin's tattoos, they smile warmly and nod back at them. The tall man introduces himself as Yurtris, and says, "Well, Grick, my T-400 is actin' up somethin' awful; if ye're willin', I'll take you in an' have you take a look at it my next shift tomorrow mornin'."