The group consisted of:
- Tekashi Kovax, twi'lek investigator
- Maia, togruta navigator
- Utini, jawa tinker
- Ka Vosent, zabrak pilot
- Dierak Higara, mandalorian mercenary
- Thogar Balor, mandalorian commando
- E-L0N MSK, assassin droid
- Kupu'rust'ponto, chiss doctor
The party were to meet a contact in a city cantina and get further information, but they had barely gotten introductions out of the way when his head exploded. stray shot from a blaster bolt, and the entire cantina erupts into chaos as the riot that had exploded outside decides to move inside.
Thogar flips the table to provide cover, knocking their contact's still-wrapped package into the middle of the room. Maia dives out to grab it, with E-L0N MSK providing covering fire. Imperial riot troopers start filing into the cantina, shooting at brawlers. The mandos and droid continue to cover as the rest of the party dashes past the counter and out through the kitchen. KRP grabs a tin of tea leaves from the kitchen on the way out.
The back alley looks to have already been deserted, and the party decides to head up to the roof of the tenements on the other side, to get a better view of the city.
The package is unwrapped to find that it contains an incredibly rare, incredibly illegal single-use skeleton key capable of burning through any electric lock. The group splits in two - one party (Tekashi, Maia, Utini, and E-L0N) make their way over rooftops to the Spire of Ten, a library. The mandos, pilot, and doctor make their way towards the spaceport, which was giving off an ominous plume of smoke. They are swiftly derailed by a probe droid and drop to the streets: it is handily offed, its parts scavenged, and they decide to go by sewer instead, navigating through Spacemaps Streetview.
There is, of course, a dianoga, but they manage to get past with only slight harassment and terror.
The other group find the library locked down due to the riots, and proceed to break in through a large stained glass window. This terrifies an under-librarian utterly shitless, and the poor lad's only response is to insist that they sign up for a library card. Some useful information is found by scanning through local news: the admiral shows up with Bago in public appearances all the time, but the local Imperial outpost seems to be run by his underling, a Lt. Staavirus, whom Bago holds in great disdain.
Spaceport group manage to get to their location, to find out that the riots had spread to the commercial spaceport and at least one ship had its drive detonated. The others are either on fire or damaged. Firefighters are desperately trying to put out the fires, and one mentions that any incoming ships have been diverted to the next city down the coast.
A short commlink call gets everyone up to date, and the two parties meet up. They decide to attempt the Imperial fort to eliminate Staavirus first (and possibly steal a vessel), and easily manage to break into and hotwire a delivery truck landspeeder ("Happy Weequay Meats", for those asking.) and drive right up to the front gate of the fort.
It is here that Kupu'rust'ponto informs the guard that he is, in fact, Grand Admiral Thrawn (accompanied by Maia, his secretary - she was providing the assist bonus) here to see Enterax and deliver rebel agents picked up during the riots.
He utterly destroys the roll (cue Thogar's player delivering a "oh my God, it's Grand Admiral Thrawn!" in falsetto) due to both numerical superiority and ingrained Imperial racism ("Thrawn is Chiss, ergo all Chiss are like Thrawn"), the fact that this far out no one in the Remnant has actually met Thrawn and most still think he is still alive at this point.
With the Thrawn ex machina working splendidly, the party meets with Staavirus and demands an APC, a shuttle, and replacement uniforms. At this point (partially my own doing, for I front-loaded most of the prep for the session), it is a smooth sailing to the hutt's palace, having the guards haul out Enterax from the harem, and flying off back to Republic space with their hostage.
Notes: The ending was a bit limp, but given that everyone had fun I shall forgive myself for it. That always has been my weakest spot when running my own stuff, and eventually I'll patch that hole. We may return to this plucky band in the future, but not before returning to the Distant Lands of DIY with Hot Springs Island in the next session.