Bruised and battered, our heroes retreat to the UNCHAINED STAR. The strange ancient ship that seems to be part ship, part asteroid continues to crawl with Mandalorian raider droids! The ship’s engineer, JekJek, hurriedly rushes his strange new friend away but the rest of the crew is suspicious! Their suspicions are confirmed when it is revealed that the strange Togruta male is actually an old droid with holographic abilities! Nalu and Zurin patch up the injured Mako and Sun Yi Xho while the ship is deftly navigated through the debris field by Zu’hast. An escape occurs just as more fighters from the Mandolarian frigate under the command of the mysterious Raja begin to intercept.
Seeking to flee from Raja’s forces, the UNCHAINED STAR heads towards the small black market trader outpost known as Petabys Station. They seek refuse and arrive quickly at the small space station. An ancient Clone Wars-era orbital defense platform, Petabys Station is now the home of a trading entrepreneur Rodian who has turned it into a bazaar of all sorts. Our heroes wander into the station while trying to figure out what to do with a ruined Basilik droid that crashed into their ship. They wander the crowded interior of the station, packed with stalls and merchants and junk dealers. Inside the claustorphobic cramped stalls of the market the various heroes stumbled into the bizaree Golden Man and the Man with Black Eyes. Both thugs have tracked them down and recognize our heroes from their previous encounter with Raja!
Intent on stealing what Zu’hast off to find, the Man with Black Eyes demands the stolen items. He demands the items knowing them to be worth more than the bounties on Zu’hast or others. Meanwhile, the legendary Honeyjack tries to talk down the Golden Man and avoid a fight. Luckily it works and the Golden Man leaves them alone. Alas! Zu’hast is not so lucky and soon the soldier Zurin arrives. Seeking to free his friend, Zurin opens fire and a conflict erupts with the thugs, our heroes and station security! Our hero Zurin seemingly incapacitates the thugs but not before the Golden Man arrives and fires a drenching flamethrower into the packet marketplace!
The hundreds of beings inside the crowded bazaar panics as the fire rips through the stalls and shops. The ancient systems of the station fail and a deadly maelstrom forms. Zurin and Mako escape the deadly fire, saving a small child from being stampeded. Meanwhile Zu’hast tries to pack as many of the desperate beings on board the UNCHAINED STARS. As Raja’s ship and fighters arrive in system, the heroes are forced to board their vessel and attempt to leave. Zu’hast seals the ship off while over a hundred beings flood into the boarding tube, trapped from the inferno inside the failing space station. Hearing their screams and pounding on the ship’s door, the heroes make the brutal decision on the bridge of the ship to leave the station!
They realize that the station’s systems are failing and the boarding tube will not release the ship. As Sun Yi Xho lies to Raja and attempts to buy time, the heroes try to free the ship but to no avail. Without any choice, and Raja’s forces closing in by the second, Zu’hast makes the decision and punches the ship to full power! The bridge is silent as the UNCHAINED STAR rips the boarding tube away from Petabys Station and those trapped in the tube are exposed to the vacuum of space. The blast doors on the station fail and a hole is ripped in the star as the UNCHAINED STAR flees from it. Our heroes are exposed to the horrors of the vented station and hundreds of dead as the ship races through the ballooning debris field. As Raja diverts his ships to help the dying space station, JekJek and Zurin have to perform an emergency spacewalk to cut away the boarding tube still clinging to the ship so they can jump. As JekJek suffers an emotional crisis cleaning bodies away from the ship’s airlock, Zurin is forced to drag him back aboard the ship so the jump can be made.
With over several dozen various rescued beings from the station and the screams of hundreds of burning souls fresh in the ears, our heroes now face the long journey back to Nar Kanji. Do they actually have what Lord Philandra wants? Who is this Raja? Are the Golden Man and the Man with Black Eyes dead? How will they process the horrific Disaster at Petabys Station? Could they have done more to help? Has Zu’hast and Sun Yi Xho fallen to the dark side? Who is the strange ancient droid that JekJek has befriended? What will happen to the Basilik war droid crammed into the launch tube? What will the crew think of our heroes now? Will they ever get rid of these bounties? What is actually happening on*Ord Cestus*? Will they ever fight the Empire?
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