The Church of the OMC service leader spoke with us briefly after the service ended. We asked him questions that he did not seem to want to answer and the longer we stayed the more agitated he grew. He punched in some buttons on a device that he was holding and without thinking I asked him what it was. The forceful inquiry caused him to throw us out of the building, ruining any chances of gathering anymore information down that avenue. I was hoping to find out what the empire hoped to gain from this organized religion, not to mention the wizards. Mea Culpa.
After unceremoniously leaving the church building an urgent message from J Bardo immediately took our minds off of our failure and prompted us to head back to Rumai post haste. In his message he stated that he was in hiding, which we gathered meant that he was hiding in his abandoned warehouse/storage building. When we arrived at the building we found that the door was slightly ajar. With caution we approached the door with our weapons at ready and entered the building, ready for the worst.
In the darkness the light of a single saber illuminated a terrified J Bardo ready to desperately defend himself. We identified ourselves to him which put him at ease a little, but he was still very badly shaken. He informed us that Lannu the Zabrak Jedi Shadow had been arrested from the Dancing Rankor, and when we asked Bardo who apprehended him the only thing he could say was “red sabers.” This gave me an idea of who was responsible, but I could not confirm it yet. We decided to investigate the scene of the crime at the bar and J Bardo, who wanted to stay safe, followed us.
The arrest had not slowed down business at the bar, apparently. The captain and a few others went to look for signs of struggle and conflict while I went to ask the bartender a few questions. He seemed a bit reluctant to divulge anything. Signs of struggle were found in one of the booths and the captain came over to the counter and paid the bartender some credits, which loosened his tongue a little. We were shown a metal mask which the captain recognized as a mask belonging to members of the Inquisition, confirming my suspicions about the red sabers.
We asked the nearby Bantha Wings joint which direction the Inquisitors had taken Lannu and learned that they had hurried him towards the Imperial governor’s palace. With that information we headed there and saw that there were tours being given of the place, and since we had no other plans to work with we paid for a tour. The tour was the usual non-informative drivel but we learned more from using our eyes and other senses. If the captain hadn’t thought of looking for security doors to try to pry into I wouldn’t have had the idea to tell everyone to search for something. I searched for ways to infiltrate and escape and found the servants’ entrance. Dex our new Jedi sensed strong force presences in palace, several of which were in the basement. 17 found a way access security cameras. Gunny recognized Soldier and guard patterns and schedules from his memories as a republic soldier. Rick Fett found something else that was helpful.
We left the Palace tour when it was over and started to form together a plan.