Characters of Interest
Items of Interest
The survivors call the river “The Escape," as it proved to be the most reliable method of fleeing the dangerous creatures they first encountered on Cholganna. Even paddling against the current, the river is still the easiest way to travel. The survivors prefer to stick to the banks and under the shade of the jungle canopy, to minimize the chance of being detected. It takes about 50 minutes to reach the settlement. While creatures in the river can pose a danger, none are willing to take on three reevos. The ?characters? see large creatures diving underwater and arboreal octopi recoiling their tentacles into the trees, having had their ﬁshing interrupted. One or two hold fish in their tentacles as they draw them into the trees above. The survivors depend on the reevos to guide their way in the dark, through a jungle filled with the terrifying sounds of screeching creatures.
- Along the way Drydek fails in his attempt to impress Harlow but gains influence with the other sentient survivors
- Tomoar tends to hit Transdoshan prisoner
- Zebdar’s cockiness and bravado impresses Harlow’s hardened troops
- Tomoar objects to giving up his weapons to the Captain and his men even after Harlow insisted that they will be delivered safely to their quarters for the night. Eventually the Wookiee and the captain see to a compromise.
As the team emerge from the thick foliage, they see a rocky bluff towering many meters over them. There is a wide. cleared area in front of the bluffs. A formidable wall made of tree trunks and starship hull plating curves outward toward the travelers, with two tall sentry towers evenly spaced across its length. The entire Retreat is built into an enormous alcove in the bluff. Captain Harlow guides everyone to one of two large gates.
The group enters through the west gate and immediately proceeds to the HQ building in the middle of the Retreat. A crowd of people are there to see what Harlow has discovered.
The newcomers are directed toward a large metal-and-wood building crafted from salvaged and local materials, just like the perimeter wall. A crowd of about thirty survivors and a few droids slowly parts in front of team as the captain waves everybody inside. They are dressed in patchwork clothing and primitive skins, clearly made on Cholganna. Only a few wear remnants of their old clothing.
As they pass the crowd, they hear the expected questions and whispers of curiosity. Just as everyone with the Captain reach the door, someone yells out “So. Harlow. why aren’t they dead yet? Have you gone soft?” Captain Harlow pauses to turn on his heel. firing back, “Could be things are changing for the better around here. Tell Tala to get over here and we’ll all find out together. The rest of you. follow us inside.”
The captain leads the trio into the central room. Enormous tree trunks hold up the two-story ceiling. composed of wood. platting, and the occasional window. Several primitive doors appear to lead to other chambers. Hand fashioned lamps add to the natural lighting streaming in through high Windows. Harlow leads the new arrivals to the stage and indicates they should have a seat on a log as he steps to a podium.
Harsol waits for the room to fill and for Tala to arrive. He also summons medics for those needing medical attention. Tala walks in with a small entourage of her staff and takes a front-row seat. She conspicuously eyes and analyzes the newcomers, she seems perticulaly interested in Tomoar’s cybernetic leg. Harlow welcomes everyone to the hall and relates the events as he knows them so far:
Captain Harsol points to Seekay and says. “Few of you might remember 0l’ Seekay here, the one that was supposed to get my scheme working with Rupuk. He’s the reason we have guests instead of prisoners tonight. When I saw his homing beacon light up on my old receiver. l thought it was just another malfunction. Well, Thoja analyzed the unit and signal, and it checked out. l knew we had a new situation here on the ground. Now, if it weren’t for this welcoming committee here.” he says, motioning to the crowd, “I would already have questioned these people and announced any good news.”
A voice from the back suddenly interrupts Harlow. “Like we trust you. l bet we would have never heard from them again. lt wouldn’t be the First time!” Harlow looks angry for a moment, and his voice takes on an overly defensive tone, almost threatening the survivors “Well, of course. it wouldn’t be just me. l would have asked Tala to join us, of course. Just like we always do here in our Retreat, right?” The crowd grumbles in disagreement. but no one dares speak out again.
Harlow remains defensive. but continues. “l know a lot of you don’t trust me anymore to keep you safe. I know you don’t all agree with me that hiding from the Empire should have been our number one priority all these years. Well. maybe Seekay and his friends here have a way to improve our lot. Maybe even escape this planet, and still stay out of an Imperial prison or execution chamber. So, let’s take a few minutes to ask some questions. and see what everyone thinks.”
- Iron Eye Salvage prisoners are brought forth
- The Story
- Resting, computer salvage
- Tala Card
- Guided Tour
- Research Labs
- Droid Maintenance
- Scanner Goggles
- Droid activation
- Tomoar enhancement and charm
- Zebdar surveys
- Jail break
- Taking the freighter down
- The Storm Hammers Comm codes & Whats on Drall?
Credits FFG Beyond the Rim