The Road to Dal'tesh.   Posted by Narrator.Group: 0
Narrator
 GM, 48 posts
Wed 16 Sep 2015
at 21:15
The Road to Dal'tesh
Hackett eases the Golden Exile out of the hangar with practiced ease while his copilot, Grick-Pur-Yi, familiarizes himself with the controls. Drell and Kalnas remain in the rear of the vessel as Hackett weaves his way through the imposing spires of Nar Shaddaa and, at long last, breaks out of the forest of buildings and heads into open space. For the first time in several days, Hackett feels free.

As the Exile flies out of Nar Shaddaa's gravity well, Hackett plots a course for Santen Vord's homeworld of Dal'tesh. He plots a somewhat longer route to ensure the Exile's safe arrival, punches the hyperdrive, and leaves his Jawa copilot alone in the cockpit as he goes to the rear of the vessel to see how his other passengers are faring.

Hackett gets a quick answer to his question. Kalnas is quite busy calming a wide-eyed Drell down, who has never experienced anything like a hyperspace jump in his life. Drell remains somewhat unsettled, but he is at least able to stop breathing too heavily.

Hackett offers his companions a friendly game of Sabacc. No money changes hands, but the return to something somewhat familiar helps to bring some semblance of calm to the Nar Shaddaa native. Hackett asks the two players a little about themselves.

"What you seen of me is more or less who I am," says Vakin. "Been livin' an' fightin' on the streets for 's long 's I can remember. Jondo's boys," he pauses and looks down at his cards, then resumes in a softer voice, "they picked me up when they saw what I could do."

Jergan offers, "I grew up on Ryloth, but my family moved to Nar Hutta when I was little. Learned a little about computers, and picked the rest up on my own. I was doing all right for myself, but then, ah, let's just say maybe I sliced into some things that I shouldn't have, and there were . . . disagreements, and I needed somewhere to hide out. Jondo gave me that."

The men pass through about twenty hours on the ship before, dead tired, they decide to get some rest. They head to the bunks and lie down; the Jawa has already fallen asleep in the copilot's chair.

A few hours later, they are jolted from their rest by a loud warning bell. The Exile jerks and shudders violently as it makes a sudden and unplanned exit from hyperspace. The Jawa shakes himself awake to see a warning message, informing him that the Exile needed to make a sudden exit from hyperspace in order to avoid a collision. The Jawa springs into action, and pulls the Exile into a sharp right climb to keep it from colliding with a massive asteroid.

Bereft of such situational awareness, Vakin panics. "FUCK! WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON?! WHAT'S HAPPENING?"
Marius Hackett
 player, 33 posts
Thu 17 Sep 2015
at 03:42
The Road to Dal'tesh
Hackett shouts, as he bolts for the pilot's seat, "Hold on little guy I'm coming!" As soon as he reaches the front he tells Grick, "Fly it safe, Grick I'm gonna see what sort of shit we fell into!" With that he checks the ship's sensors. Grick, for his part, utters terrified Jawa curses while doing his best to pilot the vessel.
Narrator
 GM, 49 posts
Thu 17 Sep 2015
at 12:11
The Road to Dal'tesh
The Jawa's familiarization with the Golden Exile's controls has paid off, and he slows the freighter to a safe speed while avoiding several smaller asteroids. Kalnas was unable to stop Drell from running up to the cockpit behind Hackett. Once he sees that they're in realspace again, Drell calms down somewhat, reassured by Hackett's presence in command.

Hackett scans the passive sensor readouts, and determines that they're on the edge of an asteroid field. However, he was not expecting an asteroid field along the course he plotted, nor does he know of one nearby. In short, Hackett has no idea where the Exile and her crew are.
Narrator
 GM, 50 posts
Thu 17 Sep 2015
at 19:16
The Road to Dal'tesh
Hackett fiddles with the sensors for a while, scanning in a larger radius around the Golden Exile. Satisfied that there's nothing else around, Marius and Grick-Pur-Yi start the calculations to orient the Exile so that they can plot a new course to Dal'tesh.

Once Hackett has started the calculations, he leaves the Jawa to supervise the navigation computer and takes Drell and Kalnas up to the turret to teach them how to use it. They take turns shooting at passing asteroids. Despite the Exile's fire control systems, Jergan barely manages to hit a huge asteroid, while Vakin completely misses his target. Marius is somewhat baffled at how they can manage to shoot quite that poorly, but at least they seem to take some of his lessons to heart.

After they've been shooting for a few minutes, Grick-Pur-Yi begins to relax at the Exile's controls. He can't quite see how awful his larger compatriots' shooting is, and the calculations seem to be going well. Suddenly, a beeping noise from the console jolts him out of his tranquility. He blinks and stares at the indicator light, and he second-guesses himself before confirming something he least expected: the Exile is being hailed on local comms.
Grick-Pur-Yi
 player, 19 posts
Thu 17 Sep 2015
at 20:00
The Road to Dal'tesh
The Jawa flips on the autopilot and runs excitedly to where the others are aimlessly blasting into the darkness. "Maris!" he rasps, "There is call on comms."

Marius, gives the Jawa a perplexed look, then strides back to the cockpit and responds to the hailing.

This message was last edited by the player at 19:53, Fri 18 Sept 2015.

Narrator
 GM, 51 posts
Thu 17 Sep 2015
at 20:11
The Road to Dal'tesh
As soon as Marius presses the button to respond to the comms signal, he hears a low, calm voice say, "Mighty fine shootin' there, deadeye." He lets his barb sink in for a second. "Now, you mind tellin' me what the hell you're doin' in my asteroid field?"
Marius Hackett
 player, 34 posts
Fri 18 Sep 2015
at 19:52
Re: The Road to Dal'tesh
Marius sucks in through his teeth, contemplating a minute. Finally, he opens the comms back up "Well, my friend, we were just on our way out. Made a bad jump. Nav computer's takin' a little while to calculate, but I figured in the mean time we could take up a bit of target practice. Seems, uh, my friends here are still finding their way 'round the controls."
Narrator
 GM, 52 posts
Sat 19 Sep 2015
at 00:06
Re: The Road to Dal'tesh
The voice replies, "Where're you headed?" When Marius replies truthfully, his mysterious conversation partner laughs and says, "That's a hell of a bad jump, friend. Tell you what--I'll give you a deal. I have some business interests in Dal'tesh. I give you the coordinates of where we are, and in return, you give me some information once you get to Dal'tesh."

Hackett happily accepts the deal, and, after making another astrogation calculation, the Golden Exile is on its way once more.