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STAR WARS: GALACTIC TALES – BETWEEN THE EMPIRE AND THE REBELLION 1.47

diva_av“Alright, Glee’k.” Bralor stood in the corner of the Diva’s suite with Chiss. After the vague news from Trey there was perhaps a little bit of regrouping to be done. After all a team effort may have just turned into a solo mission. “We don’t worry about what Trey is playing at. Too late in the game for for change ups. Whether Kyra shows up to do the job or not, you do the job. And we meet back up as planned.”

“Understood.” Krynn nodded. “I will proceed as instructed in the plans.”

“Don’t try and carry for both of you if you end up solo. You take the most and easiest to carry, Cash. Jewels. Goods. Whatever.” It was like giving the old mission briefing back in the army, except this time they weren’t flying in on a short range transport under fire by droid army tanks...

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STAR WARS: GALACTIC TALES – BETWEEN THE EMPIRE AND THE REBELLION 1.46

kyra_avTrey sat in his cell, whistling softly. He knew the girls in the compartment opposite his were fuming — especially Arden — but he couldn’t tip his hand yet. There were eyes and ears watching them and he couldn’t let them know the deck had a skifter in it.

“I am so very glad you are happy over there,” The little blond grumbled, “I’m sure you’ll be ecstatic once we get to the Imperial prison.”

He sat up and smiled at his pilot. “Come on, Arden. There’s no way we’ll be in an Imperial prison. This is all a big case of mistaken identity.” He looked down the hall at the security station, at the guards posted there. “You should know things, and people, aren’t always what they seem. Have a little faith in my plan.”

“Who’s plan is it again?” Her eyes bored into him.

“Mine,” he grinned.

“Hence the l...

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STAR WARS: GALACTIC TALES – BETWEEN THE EMPIRE AND THE REBELLION 1.45

arden_avThe first round of the Sabaac tournament had begun much as Trey had expected. A bracket was set up and players assigned to tables. Rules were announced by the ship’s pit boss and penalties for cheating were cheerfully pointed out by Agent Deffico.

Watching the other players at his table, the thief smiled broadly, the same smile he’d been telegraphing as a tell when he was bluffing. An executive with the CSA caught the smile and his eyebrow twitched, telling Trey the bait had been taken. It was time to exit the tournament.

Throwing away his highest card and collecting a zero, Trey pushed his entire stake into the middle of the table. “All of it,” he announced proudly.

The other players, save one, threw in their cards with mumbles of “Too high for me” or “I’m out”...

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STAR WARS: GALACTIC TALES – BETWEEN THE EMPIRE AND THE REBELLION 1.44

nik_avNik had definitely had better days. He had awakened to find a technician in his escape pod pulling out a control board to scavenge a junction link. His sudden squeal of annoyance had startled the maintenance man, but had also given away his position… which meant he’d probably need to find a new place to sleep to avoid security sweeps. Less than an hour later, he had a run in with a smuggler by the name of Jenks, who he’d done a couple of ‘procurement’ tasks for in the past.

Jenks considered himself a man of tastes, which is why he chose the Princess as a meeting place for so many of his exchanges...

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STAR WARS: GALACTIC TALES – BETWEEN THE EMPIRE AND THE REBELLION 1.43

bralor_avTrey and his escorts walked into one of the many restaurants on the pleasure boat’s promenade. They slid into one of the booths and waited. “Shouldn’t they be here by now?”

“Patience,” Trey nodded as he looked through the drink list, “I would figure you’d like being off your feet.”

“Didn’t say I didn’t appreciate that,” she grinned, “just worried about my baby is all.”

“No reason to be,” Arden jumped as Bralor’s voice came from the booth behind her. The little pilot started to whip around to the other booth. “Keep it in yer seat, squirt,” Bralor reprimanded her without even seeing her. It was like the old soldier had a second sense for these things. In fact it was just knowing your setting. Lots of polished glass meant lots of reflective surfaces “Act like you didn’t hear me...

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STAR WARS: GALACTIC TALES – BETWEEN THE EMPIRE AND THE REBELLION 1.42

diva_avBronze slippered feet padded across the ship’s deck as Tiila made her way to the ship’s spa to prepare for the evening’s events. A classy little parlor called Celestial Wellness on the far east side of the ship was her destination as she traversed the hallways of the Princess. The ache for some well needed pampering resonated through her. She needed something to ease the doubt that was fogging her thoughts. She’d never influenced a group even a fraction of the one she had before her but she wasn’t about to let the others know that.

The smell of botanicles let her know she was near and as she turned a corner the vision of a proper salon put a genuine smile on her lips that lingered until she caught another, far less welcome sight. That horrid little Theelin had apparently had the same idea...

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STAR WARS: GALACTIC TALES – BETWEEN THE EMPIRE AND THE REBELLION 1.41

trey_avSien’avao watched “Xeran Agri” and his women walk away from the sabaac table before excusing herself. She walked away, several eyes traveling with her as she went.

As she walked into the hallway leading to the suites, she cast several glances over her shoulder, making sure she wasn’t followed. Lithely moving up the stairs, the slipped through the door of a small suite.

Gathered inside were four others. She walked over to the minibar and mixed a drink. “I made contact with Baron Agri. He’s something.” She slid a small disk across the low table to the boss.

The blue-green Nautolan tapped the disk and watched the hologram of “Agri” which sprang to life.”He’s not a Baron. His name’s not Agri. And, yes. I know he’s something. We… worked together for a while.”

A tall, dark-haired human snorted ...

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STAR WARS: GALACTIC TALES – BETWEEN THE EMPIRE AND THE REBELLION 1.40

tiila_avThe breathtaking monotony of space suddenly gave way as the Passion’s Flame approached the luxury liner. The massive ship loomed large through the transparasteel viewport, dwarfing the yacht as they drew closer to the hangar bay. Aidenne’s hand rested lightly on Bralor’s shoulder as he maneuvered the ship toward their destination. The vibrations of the engine shifted then faded away as the primary engines were shut down, leaving the Flame to coast into the wide open bay.

Glancing down at her hand, the Diva’s lips curled into a small smile. For a moment her mottled skin took on a blue tint as they passed through the doorway with room to spare...

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STAR WARS: GALACTIC TALES – BETWEEN THE EMPIRE AND THE REBELLION 1.39

bralor_avBralor pushed back from the controls, letting the unlocked chair swing out and around. Everything was set. He had made contact with the cruise ship and they had accepted their request for docking. It would be a few short moments before they would board and join the rest of their band of thieves who were already in place. Then the challenge would begin, and they would see just how reckless they were, taking a ragtag group of novices on such a large job. As he stood, he did his best to forget how short they were on luck of late, and how much they would no doubt require.

The Soul would take care of itself for a few. It was prepped just to reach orbit and hold position so Bralor could bring it in all the way by hand. But first there were things to be done. Important things.

He ducked through t...

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STAR WARS: GALACTIC TALES – BETWEEN THE EMPIRE AND THE REBELLION 1.38

arden_avTrey marveled at the varied species and classes that populated the casino. Gambling establishments were one of the last great melting pots of the Empire. Where else could you find a mix of dirt farmers, scoundrels, politicos, CorSec executives, royalty and nobility from across the galaxy mixing freely, each eager to take the others’ money, and all ready to gleefully fork their credits over to the House.

Even the thieving last son of a fallen house, pretending to be something he isn’t fits in, he reflected. Of course, his gorgeous young pilot helped with the illusion. He looked at Arden and smiled. For his trouble he received an elbow in the ribs. “Time for you to play.”

“No it isn’t. The tournament doesn’t start for two more days.” the thief said with a frown.

Rolling her eyes, Arden gave...

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