Preparations are made. For stealth to work, the cover of darkness is needed.
Yav does not want to leave until nightfall. The Jungle might be dangerous, but the need for stealth and confusion is more important. But he suggests a distraction. One of the survivors offers up the booze from his still, and suggests using it to create a small explosion that will distract any scouts.
While that is being done Yav nearly collapses and has Apoto and Lasan take him into the medical shack. The assistants and medical droid start tending him. (They only have time to remove his “On the brink” critical, he still has another). Soon you can hear Yav yelling in Rodeese.. it sounds like a Major class chewing out, followed by some crashing. Cratala eventually leaves the pen and goes to the medical shake and takes some pills. She says it is a mild tranquilizer to help her calm down. She says it with disdain as it is not something she wants to admit to doing. After the application of Painkillers, synthflesh and cauterizing agents Yav feels he can do his job, but complains of stiffness in his shoulder from the wounds. (Will get a black setback die on combat checks until he gets a Bacta treatment.)
A group is formed with all of Yav’s crew (Yav, Otol, Lasan, and Apoto) as well as Sion. A few survivors volunteer, but Yav rebukes them saying they are all old, and would only endanger them. Calls them “Old and only worthy to tell stories and make weapons for others”.
Otol does not like Jacen (Ethan’s Character) and after waking up takes a stim and burns through a cigarillo in three draws. If looks could kill …. She reminds everyone that the three dangers they will be facing is probe droids, troopers and the jungle. So it is best to be able to use the jungle for their favor. Look for dens, or nest that can be used as a distraction.
Yav gets out his comlink and sends out a coded signal to his ship the Night Flyer. Soon gets a code back that informs him the Imperial ship is on a sandy beach near the Sa Nalaor forward section. About a dozen meters, south where you landed with your cargo sled. It is on the silt sandbar formed from the turbulence of the river as it goes around the hull of the Sa Nalaor remains. A plan is made to head directly west, then south along a game trail that follows the base of the river bluffs, then directly west to an area south of the landing site. The hope is the patrols are mainly focused on detecting anyone from leaving the survivor camp.
Yav, Otol, Lasan, and Apoto get their blasters charged up, and done some small backpacks that contain basic surival gear. With preparations made the group quickly heads out a sally port as the explosion goes off. (Five successes and 2 threat) it starts a fire, that is quickly put out by the pyrotechnic.
Soon the scouting force of a human and four Rodians is deep into the jungle.. at night. There is tension, but everyone stays calm. That is until they almost run into a hovering probe droid that opens fire on them. And is dispatched with the quick reflexes of Sion and Yav. Lasan gets injured but says it is nothing and for them to go on.
Luck is with them as they hear a Probe droid in the distance and lie in wait hoping it is trying to check on the area where the other droid was destroyed. It passes them and yav is able to get a critical hit that knocks the droid senseless, and the rest gang up to disable the droid. Sion gets the idea to take the droids Communications relay and set up a quick sensor that allows them to get a better heads up where the probe droids are. (Boost die on stealth, along with the 2 for it being dark and in a jungle)
Soon the realize that the Probe droids (Four of them) are surrounding them. But Otol spots a bark rat nests and tells everyone to hide as she sets a trap. The trap is sprung and a half dozen bark rats descend on the only thing they see, the probe droids. Which spend several rounds dealing with the rats while the scouting group gets a decisive lead and evades the rest of the probe droids.
Eventually they reach the edge of the jungle and make their way up the edge til they spot the Imperial ship
It is about 60 meters long with a cylindrical min hull that tapers out to a square stern, two engine pods give it about 30 meters width. It stands a meter or two above the sand bar on it’s landing legs, and the large belly ramp is lowered. The ship has it’s cockpit facing the jungle, and you can make out two scout troopers paroling the jungle line well away from you. It definitely looks like a scout vessel that can do planetary exploration
By it’s size it cannot have more then a half dozen crew. Pilot, Co-pilot, engineer, maybe a repair droid or a couple of techs that act as back ups for the primary roles. But that large ramp that is about 10 meters wide it makes sense there has to be troops on board. Maybe two squads, and one squad split up into two lances on speeder bikes. No idea on the number of probe droids without looking at the interior. Scout vessels are lightly armored and armed, but you cannot make out any obvious turrets. Otol suggests they might have retractable turrets, as some scout Vessel need to appear not to be a threat in order to be able to carry out its missions.
Yav then starts talking to Lasan in Rodeese. A hushed argument is started, and Otol looks rather smug while Apoto looks scared. Sion can only make a few words out as they are talking fast and there is crosstalk. But it seems Yav is giving Lasan a chance to finally prove himself. Since he couldn’t steal that safe. Lasan finally notices the blasters from Otol and Yav pointing at him, and he realizes he has no choice.
Yav then turns to Sion “Lasan has volunteered to give us a distraction so we can get back to the camp easier. He is going to try for either the Night Flyer across the lake, or hide in the Sa Nalor’s engine section until we pick him up if he cannot make it across the lake. Heh heh heh”
With that said, they all leave.. except Lasan. And head back to the survivors camp. But Sion notices Apoto is not happy about this.