It's been way too long since my last recording, but some interesting developments happened since I've arrived to Bespin. The new gig wasn't what I expected, first of all it wasn't a crew hiring me, it was some respectable business man, and he was hiring all the crew. First red flag.
The second red flag was even before the meeting started, our contact was being 'protected' by mercenaries, from a brutal gang, without knowing each other and with no real clear plan that meeting was a bust, mayhem and chaos in the market of Bespin, one of the crew to be draw a light sabre, third red flag, even if we got to have the meeting in private my head was just a couple minutes before when we were just an instant short of turning the market in a butchery, that didn't sit right with me, and of course there is a given that there will be some kind of retaliation by the gang.
The gig was a heist, the business man gave us the target and promise some back-up, the fourth red flag was just there, the time frame was little to none, no actual plan, no actual crew, and a double target, the Pink Panther and the money it worth, talking about high risk high reward scenario, didn't smell right, my gut tells me to ditch town and let the man find another pilot.
Why didn't I do that? The honest answer is that I don't know, maybe I want to see it through or the prospect of just flying around without an actual ship and a real crew finally got me, finally this honorable man did seems to know us a lot, but soon I did realized that he only knew what it was told to him and he wasn't expecting one of his Jedi to be more like an angry teenager, maybe that was the actual thing that keep me there, Arcann seemed to at least hear me, maybe I could help him.
The Crew it's a mix of people from all around the galaxy, took me a while to fully understand who is who, and what it is in for each one of them. I like these guys, but certainly wouldn't be my first choice for the task at hand, we might pull it off against the odds, something later in that day gave me hope.
Sinah is a Cathar, from a noble family and her social station is alike of a Diplomat, she has family and seems to have the heart in the right place. I don't think she should be part of this, too good for this life, sometimes I found her naiveness baffling although refreshing, maybe a new breed of politicians is in the making there. She really hates mandalorians and that anger is really showing, I hope she can look past that anger, no good politician shows that kind of emotion.
Ives is well some blue skinned Alien, she doesn't seem to know much of her origin, and I keep myself away from it, what I know is that this towering woman fought on the Mandalorian wars, she must have saw some really dark shit in her time, wars have a way to change people usually for the worst, on top of that she is a Jedi. She has some interesting vulnerabilities, maybe the war didn't harden her that much.
Ixiel is Arcann's brother, he seems really young, not only his baby face, sometimes when he speaks I hear the unsoiled ideals of the young that still thinks the galaxy can be a better place. Intersting enough paired with that there is wisdom in his words, probably result of his Jedi upspring. We are not going to be in the same page most of the time, I need to remind myself not to be the one that corrupts him, he doesn't need my cynical view leaking into him.
Adar is a Codru-Ji, a kindred spirit in a way, he served too, long enough to obvious in his body language and his behavior. He reminds me of a lot of friends that I left behind, even if he is more serious and focused than I will ever be. I'm not sure why he left the army, not that I'll ask, he seems to hold some code of honor so he is far from the mercenary I thought he was. Even if he is not the most fun guy to have around, it's actually nice to have him at my side.
Arcann is a puzzle, a difficult one too, he claims not to be a Jedi, but as far as I know he checks most of the boxes for being one. Well except that he is eager to turn things aggressive even without drawing a weapon, he speech is violent and quick to put things into black or white. Behind his mask, figuratively and literally I think there is a hurt boy that needs to make peace with the galaxy to start growing up.
And that's the crew, none of them seems like a thief or versed in the way of the scum and villainy we are meddling with.
We discussed long our motivations, the possible plans, and what can go wrong, but that is long a boring, we are going to review those while we are doing it. The first thing we need to do is win the 500 miles of Bespin to be invited to the Gala where the Pink Panther will be auctioned, easier said than done.
But none of this was going to be our priority when we heard that there is a bounty on Arcann placed by the husband of our contact, the daughter of our employer, and the Winguard was asking question too, searching for Arcann and an unnamed shooter. We did our best to keep things quiet and Arcann hide himself in the lower Bespin, however he got made by some mercenaries. We did work together to give him an exit, and while doing so Sinah stood up to a Mandalorian mercenary, making him speechless for a while, the armored fella looked tiny for a moment, and his friends where delayed enough to let Arcann slip them.
After then Arcann asked for a surgery that will help him to hide his identity loosing the mask and giving him a less spooky visage. He seemed authentically concerned about not his own well being but the rest of us. We got some money from our employeer and a contact with a local chop shop that had a surgeon for that. He is out then until the Gala, heavily drugged, and he seems to have some kind of brain injury during surgery, I hope he gets well.
But before Arcann got himself made there was a thing that I was made aware later, our employer decided it was good idea to act cut loose both Arcann and Ixiel, threatening their lives even. They got out of that situation but that made me really angry, not that double crossing was something unexpected from him, but right now is on the table.
We did some more planing and even arrange our schedule for tomorrow, after some more work on our racing pod. Sinah and Ivez went to their lodgings, me and the guys went to the Pilot's Rest to figure it out if we could get some more info on the teams and pilots we are against. Long story short, we meet a fellow veteran that runs the business, he seems like a straight fella he helped us pointing in the direction of a bookie and a mechanic. The engineer is a piece of work, the old man was everything you can expect from a sociopath hermit, he even throw the beer at Ixiel, to be honest he did it to me too, but I was baiting it, antagonizing him for the sake of doing it. After a second round with Ixiel he accepted to help with some conditions, we can figure it out that.
And that's how our day ended, one of the longest days I've ever lived.