Much of my time on Coruscant had so far been spent in a dive with an evasive crowd. The night I made contact with Doris Eek and Senator Ban Tomiel was in that unassuming bar. Jaff Taskley and his men came in, searching for Eek, a rumored people smuggler who helped aliens get off planet. From what I heard, she had some Separatist sympathies too. Exactly the kind of person I was interested in.
Strangely enough, Senator Tomiel was there too. I hadn’t pegged her as the type to frequent this kind of place, really, but I later found out she too took an interest in Eek’s “work.”. Before either of us had a chance to recruit her, however, she escaped. Almost as soon as Taskley and his men showed up. Luckily, I was able to work in a distraction by stealing one of their blasters, and, in their attempt to shake down the place, a fight broke loose and I was able to get away.
In the middle of commandeering Tomiel’s speeder, she caught me, but we agreed that following Eek was in our best interest. We found her at a star port, ready to get off Coruscant. Tomiel had been looking for a pilot and decided this was as good a time as any. Eek, Tomiel, and I escaped just as more Republic law enforcement showed up. (What would they do anyway, if Senator Tomiel had declared Eek her pilot? Wouldn’t put it past Republic bureaucratic scum to arrest Eek anyways and put Tomiel out of a job)
After leaving Coruscant, Tomiel received a message from Senator Palpatine warning us of a supernova that was about to send a gamma ray burst that would singe Alderaan and a numbeo of other planets, including Tatooine. We were headed to Tatooine anyway to lay low, so it was the perfect time to stop by the Republic observatory to check out this supernova and figure out what we could do about it.
We landed and were provided taxi service by an old buddy, Rambo Calrissian, though he asked me to shake down Dr. Peetrov, the guy in charge of the observatory, as a favor. Wanting to honor my debt, I agreed. Little did I know that Peetrov, who we found covered in sweat, spice caked around her his mouth, was a raging drug addict and generally pathetic being. I’m not gonna lie. I felt bad. Took pity. It’s in my nature, I guess. Whatever. I refused to collect the debt, and Calrissian would pay for it later. One less person to terrorize the planet.
After cleaning himself up, Peetrov actually proved to be a pretty decent scientist, and he helped us figure out the nature of the supernova and how to protect people against it — mainly, shield your electronics and get underground or in a cave. We had to get the word out, so we headed back to the ship where Tomiel alerted her people and Eek made contact with some pirate radio people. Then, to communicate to a greater majority of the planet, we had to meet with Guuda the Hutt and convince him to spread the word, since he had a stranglehold on communications on the planet.
It was easy enough for the Twi’lek to make it onto Guuda’s big moving city thing, but I had to sneak on while Eek was working it or whatever she does. Tomiel was eventually able to convince security to let her in.
Finding Guuda was easy — just look for the fat slug — but it took a bit of the Twi’lek working it some more to convince him. Disgusting. But, as Tomiel handed over the data pad, I felt an immense pain in the back of my head. I turned around, and a Trandoshan guard I had outwitted earlier was standing there. He got me really good, on account of my vision being double and the whole hearing my own pulse thing and whatnot. Unfortunately for him, I got him even better, and soon enough the Trandoshan was lying on the floor in three or four pieces. They regenerate, you know. I couldn’t just take out his arm, like Calrissian. And, again, one less person to terrorize the planet.
We quickly made our escape, and Eek and Tomiel got me back to the ship and into the medbay, which patched me up as well as it could. We then went to pick up our scientist, who had run off into the desert jonesing for spice. We ended up finding and meeting a Mon Calamari who had been taking care of the poor guy, and he paid Tomiel for passage on her ship.
Next step, we try and sort out this whole cave business… and, y’know, avoid Guuda’s slimy paws.
I find Tomiel to be interesting, but she’s a politician, so, obviously whatever she says, you gotta take with a grain of salt. I think she’s legitimate. Even so, maybe naive about what the Republic can really do. It’s stretched too thin to take care of the galaxy.
Eek is a wildcard. Even more so than me. Yet she has useful skills, most of which involve her working what she’s got and making fools give her what she wants.
Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do, and I’ve done worse to survive. Maker knows it’s damn near impossible to keep your ideals if you wanna make it in this galaxy. It feels like a while since I’ve been on Tatooine, but I’m starting to remember why I left in the first place.