2 ABY – 06 Echo – 18 Zheliday (Salliche). As Imperial forces move upon the city, the Green Phoenix casually leaves port but encounters a bit more than the party expected.
The Green Phoenix lifts off from the planet’s surface and enters into a holding orbit as instructed by Salliche control. The space around the planet is filled with an array of Imperial Lambda shuttles and TIE fighters, which appear insignificant to the looming presence of an Imperial Star Destroyer and a single Carrack Class Light Cruiser — but not the presence of the Casisto.
Nervously, the party waits for clearance. Ships adjacent to the Green Phoenix that arrived later are systematically cleared, but suspiciously the party’s little shuttle is held until it is the only ship in the holding pattern. Tension rises as the party awaits its departure clearance for Coruscant.
Moments later the crew is commanded to approach the Imperial Star Destroyer and prepare for boarding. Cheebs positions the Green Phoenix on an arcing intercept vector with the star destroyer and then punches the sunlight engines to rapidly accelerate clear of the capital ship. Immediately, four TIE fighters descend on the shuttle: two from the port side and two aft. Although well out of range, the TIEs fire warning blasts across the Green Phoenix’s bow. Undeterred, Cheebs remains locked on his hyperspace jump plan and stays out of range of the star destroyer’s tractor beam.
Kantarra preps the weapons systems to return fire. Cheebs swings the assault craft to confuse the TIEs targeting systems and pushes the ship’s now archaic inertial dampers to the limit. Crashing and thrashing of gear and equipment can be heard emanating from the main deck below. R3-M3 (Remme) is not happy with what is happening to her ship, but she’s been through worse before.
Just as two of the TIEs pull within effective firing range, the Green Phoenix slips into hyperspace on its way to Coruscant never to be seen again, while the Intrepid Porg finds itself on a path to the Tirahnn System.