Banis and Joren meet Cadan in a museum on Coruscant. Being so close to the core was uncomfortable. Cadan explains he is here on business and needed to meet as soon as possible he was giving them a shot at a large bounty before it went on the holonet. That combined with that fact that the last couple of jobs they had been on, the people that gave those jobs ended up dead he was going to take precautions, so they met in a very public place.
They are sitting in a room with preserved creatures from all over the galaxy. This specific creature was important. Cadan pointed at the plaque attached to the based of the exhibit. It read “Giant Sludge Panther – Taken by Deng Harend”. Cadan then explains he is the next bounty. “He is an executive with Shankti Drive Works and just embezzled a lot of money. They would like for him to be dealt with. They are going to be using a front in order to fund the bounty, but I happened across the information before they could transfer it.”
Cadan gives Banis and Joren a data disk with some information on it about Deng and explained they simply needed to find him and bring proof of death which was a signet he always wore. He would not have parted with it any other way. The data disk contained pictures, ship registrations, contacts, and Deng’s background. Deng was an ex-military man that was an avid big game hunter and a competitor in starfighter ace tournaments. He had went on vacation just before his betrayal to the company had been discovered.
Our party finds themselves on Corellia trying to track down the location of Deng. It took some doing, but they found out he had gotten a location to a wild planet that was good for hunting new and dangerous things. With the information they set out to find Deng’s Yacht.
Deng’s ship was in orbit next to the planet that they were told he was going to. After trying to hail the yacht and getting no response they saw the dock was opened and they docked their small freighter. While on board they searched and found no sign of Deng, but there was a staff of droids that seemed to be expecting them. They were offered refreshments and comfort while they waited in a large library aboard the ship.
As they are enjoying their drinks a holo-projector emerges from the floor and Deng makes an appearance. He is in a camp on the planet’s surface. He tells them a story about how his father was killed on a hunting trip he was on as he dressed in camo and assembled his rifle. When he finishes the story he sets fire to his camp and then explains that they do not have a choice but to come down to the planets surface and kill him to take the ship he has on the surface. An explosion rings out from the dock and they are shown an image of their freighter being destroyed. Deng then says they have about 45 seconds to get to the escape pods.
After using the pod to get to the surface they can see the smoke from the camp Deng set fire to. They head in that direction to collect they bounty. Of course it was a trap when the first shot rang out they were caught by surprise. Joren took the first hit, luckily it was not severe. Using cover to close the gap between them and Deng it took a long time to get there all the while Deng was moving as well. After several more failed attempts on Joren they were close enough to fire back.
With the fire fight at that point they were not able to stop him before he moved again and hid. This time when he shot it hit Joren with enough power to shred his leg. Banis not knowing what kind of state Joren was in used the opportunity to close the gap between him and Deng. This took Deng by surprise and Banis made him pay. Thinking his friend was dead caused a cruelty from Banis noone had seen before, he used his scatter gun to tear Deng limb from limb before ending his life. He took the code cylinder and signet then headed over to the last place he saw Joren.
Joren was near death, but by sheer will Banis was able to keep him alive long enough to carry him to the ship Deng left behind and make it to the nearest planet for any type of medical attention…… Tatooine.
To be continued….