The Heroes are allowed some R&R time to recover and recuperate at the recommendation of their Jedi mentor Gavyn Thess. Master Thess decides he should give the heroes a break from the base and head to Kachiro, a nearby Wookiee village in order to get to know the locals.
On their way to Kachiro they hear a scream for help as they see an olive-skinned, male Twi’lek getting chased by a Kashyyyk Jungle Panther. The heroes manage to scare the panther away instead of killing it.
The Twi’lek introduces himself as Deel Olan which it is revealed that he is from Ardana’s tribe from Ryl. He is hunting Kashyyyk Panthers for their furs but was later found out he was trying to capture the panther’s cubs as well and by using any passer-by’s (in this case, our heroes) to kill the panther (considering his own lack of material resources that he was issued).
Deel asks his former tribe leader Ardana for help as he is in a sticky situation. He reveals he is in indentured service for the Blood Hunters and is working towards his freedom but he realizes he will likely die before he can pay off his debt. Almost everyone is very reluctant to assist the sleemo due to his recent actions and initially tell him “no”.
However, Olar-Urr realizes it is not the Jedi way to leave someone in distress, regardless of who they are, and offers to help him. Silently watching his apprentices to come to their own decisions, Master Thess is quite pleased to see that Olar has kept that lesson in mind and gives him a pat on the shoulder of approval. Ardana, being her tribe’s former-leader begins to feel that she is still responsible for members of her tribe and steps forward to assist (reluctantly) Deel. The rest of the party then decides to help the troubled young Twi’lek.
They arrive at Kachiro and begin their R&R (and planning of how to assist Deel) at a local cantina where Ardana meets her old Wookiee friend she met on Ryl, Tarbecca. Tarbecca also knows Master Thess and asks him for help. Tarbecca states that Trandoshan Slave Hunters are getting brazen and are making their presence known in Wookiee villages. Tarbecca requested help from his friends to help chase away the Slave Hunters from the villages. To reinforce Tarbecca’s point, several Trandoshans walk into the cantina. A drunken D’Lar seeking trouble begins to make his presence known to them and blocks the entrance to the cantina.
A barfight between D’Lar and the Trandoshans break out and D’Lar manages to hold his own until the rest of the Trandoshan thugs gang up on him and start using their claws. Fed up, D’Lar draws out his red lightsaber and scares them out of the cantina.
The party then decides to split up in order to solve both problems at once. Ardana, Olar, and D’Lar agreed to meet with the Blood Hunters to help Deel while Bren, Juhani, Gina, and Master Thess assists the Wookiees with their Trandoshan problems.
Bren attempts to scout ahead while Gina deserts Juhani by sneaking off on her own to stalk the Trandoshan hunting party. Juhani decides to head to the trees to scout from atop. However Bren made a clumsy mistake and got the attention of a small hunting party and they gave him pursuit in the jungle. Juhani and Gina ambushed the party while Bren turned about to fight back once he realized he had help. The fight was quick but costly as Gina was badly injured. Then the party was surrounded and outnumbered by the rest of the Trandoshan hunting party however they were ambushed by Master Thess, the padawan Kaleb Vel, and a small band of Wookiees (with Tarbecca as their leader). The party returned to Kachiro for medical aid.
Meanwhile Ardana, D’Lar, and Olar headed to the Blood Hunters camp and met a Houk named Horg which is in charge of the camp which is littered with Blood Hunter personnel. Ardana then decides to negotiate with Horg’s boss and Deel’s “owner” Captain Briel Blackmaw.
Ardana and D’Lar mention setting up a potential alliance between the Republic and Blood Hunters to Captain Blackmaw in exchange for Deel’s freedom. Captain Blackmaw agreed an alliance would be beneficial but it was not profitable and he gave them some options:
They could buy Deel’s freedom by paying off the rest of his 15,000 credit price/debt. Or they could hunt a dangerous creature for the Blood Hunters to harvest.
Having not enough money to pay off Deel’s debt, they agreed to hunt the dangerous creature which was called a Jampa, an offshoot of the Wampa which has adapted Kashyyyk’s jungles. They were offered a hunting token making the hunt legal and so they returned to Kachiro to gather the rest of the party.
The rest of the party recovered under the care of Wookiee physicians and were informed of the task by Ardana. The party headed to the Etyyy Hunting Grounds to search for the Jampa and they were ambushed by the surprisingly cunning creature from the treetops. The creature was eventually defeated and taken by the Blood Hunters.
Impressed, Briel agreed that Deel’s debt was paid however Horg blabbed that he was surpised that the fraudulent hunting token worked and this upset the rest of the heroes that they were set up to poach the dangerous creature.
Ardana attempted to get a refund of credits Briel paid to “buy” Deel on top of Deel’s emancipation for hunting such a dangerous creature however Briel would not fold to paying that amount and negotiated to give her a smaller sum of credits to reward them for their bravery.
Before closing off his holocommunication, he charmed the ladies in the party with his winks and smiles and stated he would look forward to meeting them sometime in the future.
The heroes returned to Kachiro with an emancipated Deel and discussed what Deel’s fate would be.
To be continued…