C4-BL3 & Cheebs extricate themselves from the Thrifty’s clearing and get away clean, thanks to the droideka’s covering fire … and the sudden appearance of Kiarra’s ship overhead. Seeing the Imperial assault ship lift off, they double back for a quick parts raid on the Thrifty. Returning to the Porgatu, they finish hyperdrive repairs and start fixing the hatch & droideka while C4-BL3 deploys his droid listening array to stay on alert.
The Porgatu crew gathers intel on their target and other mysterious players in a game they don’t fully understand. The droids find evidence that Nix’s faction is in turn watching the party, and C4-BL3 fries their spying astromech. Eventually they hatch a plan to pose as buyers of the target’s stolen tech – but when they speak to him, they learn of the tech’s sinister nature. In a sudden turn of events, the party agrees to spirit the target offworld – just as a rival faction bursts into the Ugly Bantha with guns blazing.
Cruising toward the asteroid belt, the crew builds a makeshift decoy. Entering the belt, their sensors are wiped out, the decoy doesn’t seem to trigger any reaction, and they lose track of it. Groping blindly, the Porgatu suddenly passes through a magnetic field and discovers a blasted Imperial base inside. They are bounced by 3 strange TIE designs, but they use their new weaponry to good effect and blast all three. Suddenly a hulking ghost ship appears and catches them in a tractor beam.
The Casisto crashes, suffering sudden drive failure. The probe droid finds the battle droids at the crater’s edge but is knocked out. Kantarra returns with R3-M3; the party is reunited. She gives an account of her adventures and of R3-M3’s sabotage of the light cruiser. The group finishes repairs as they watch a Star Destroyer arrive for rescue operations. After the Imperial ships all leave, the party successfully lifts off in their badly damaged shuttle and enters hyperspace for Kirian.