The galaxy is gripped by CIVIL WAR and the perfect grounds for those with daring and wits to profit from the chaos. The REBEL ALLIANCE has placed a hidden platoon of elite soldiers on board the Imperial transport CENTURY EAGLE, carrying colonists and agricultural equipment to the watery planet of YTHA’AC, located in the far reaches of the GALACTIC OUTER RIM. Their mission is to arrive at an Imperial outpost undetected and take control of the outpost, scoring a major victory against the oppressive GALACTIC EMPIRE. The Rebel troops are already in place, but are unarmed. A crew of vagabonds and ne’er-do-wells aboard the light freighter THE LUCKY HAND have been contracted by Alliance Leaders to slip past Imperial patrols and covertly deliver a shipment of weapons to the Rebels while en route to the outpost.
[BEHIND THE SCENES]
Welcome to the first post on the Triumph & Despair Edge of the Empire play-by-post campaign! The six players have been selected by the Galaxy Master especially since they are all both brand new to the system and have some level of familiarity and trust developed through earlier endeavors. The Galaxy Master will always try and give brief introductions to these posts before a page break, so those without any interest can easily skip over them. Onward!
Each having your own reasons, you have come together and agreed to accept a little bit of profiteering work from the elusive and dangerous Rebel Alliance. These known terrorists have extended a hand to you and your ship via mutual acquaintances in the seedy underbelly of the galaxy. Your starship, The Lucky Hand, is currently docked with the Nebulon-B Class warship Courageous. You have been treated kindly and comfortably aboard ship, though only shown the most spartan and of military quarters while waiting for your contact to arrive. In short order she does. Briskly stepping forth through the opening doors is a Human woman with a crisply ironed military uniform. She stands rigidly during your conversation, locking her green eyes with whomever she is addressing. A group of four armed Rebel soldiers with blaster rifles stand silently at attention at her flanks. A starry background seen through curved glass windows highlights your ragtag Crew.
“Welcome aboard the Courageous. I trust I have not kept you waiting too long. I am Colonel Pelligrino and Alliance command in this sector has informed me that I am authorized to hire you on as privateers for a select mission. The basic details have already been downloaded to your ship, and I am sure you are as eager to be on your way as I am to see you out; so, let us come right down to business.”
To start the campaign, the Galaxy Master has taken the liberty of accepting this first Heist on your behalf. Your reputation as worthy smugglers is now on the line! Your task is to hide and wait in the system until an Imperial supply convoy arrives. The hyperspace physics of the sector will force the convoy to travel through a nearby sensor-obscuring Red Ytterbium Nebula, allowing you to deftly dock with a Rebel-laden freighter, The Century Eagle. You will then proceed to transport the blaster rifles on cargo pallets to the hidden marines to an onboard location to be sent to you via an encrypted signal. The base profit offered is 72 credits profit per blaster rifle delivered (Encumbrance 4) for as many weapons as your ship can carry, modified by any Negotiations.
The Lucky Hand sails gently through hyperspace and the low octaves of the engines providing comforting background noise as you collectively reflect on your upcoming heist and the events leading up to this moment. In a few hours, it will emerge from interstellar travel and appear on the outskirts of the Ytha’ak System, at Extreme Range to all celestial objects and phenomena.
Crew Members: Please use this post, speaking in-character, to describe the events of the clandestine meeting with the fanatical, terrorist Rebel leaders and any possible actions your character undertakes while travelling through hyperspace. After one week of real time, The Lucky Hand emerges into the Ytha’ak System and a new post will be made. Be sure to delve into your character’s thoughts and motivations behind his or her actions, as the emotions and development that goes on is just as important in this game as the actual actions.
This post will happen chronologically at both the meeting with Colonel Jade Pelligrino and during hyperspace travel aboard The Lucky Hand. Players may freely post thoughts and actions for either events here, regardless of actual causality.
[BEHIND THE SCENES]
One of the goals of the Triumph & Despair Play-by-Post campaign is to serve as a teaching aid to both the Edge of the Empire roleplaying game system, as well as the various charts, tricks, and tips espoused on this blog. To that end, the Galaxy Master will be periodically take a moment to show off the Behind the Scenes action, explaining the means and methods that went into a particular course of action. In addition to showing examples of play to other Galaxy Masters, this will also ease those unfamiliar with Edge of the Empire into the system.
Once the Heist is complete, the Galaxy Master will reveal all of the elements that went into its creation.