Several hours after leaving the Corellian Run, your starship exits
hyperspace at the calculated point just outside the Cularin system.
Without warning, you notice innumerable comets of all shapes
and sizes occasionally colliding with each other, forming an
enormous cloud around the system. Only pilots able to use the
force, you discern, could navigate their way through this cloud.
Maya does it quite easily. This cloud seems to be manufactured
also, as it doesn’t appear on any readouts of the planet.
Once past that danger, another jump must be calculated to avoid
flying for weeks at sublight speeds. However, this time the
calculations are trickier due to large, overlapping gravity wells
created by the system’s dense planet cores. But you know people
who’ve made the Kessel Run, and this can’t be worse than skirting
the Maw cluster. An hour later, you again emerge from hyperspace
and the planet farthest from Cularin’s twin suns comes into view,
lambent and mysterious: Mondu Codru.
The first thing you notice from orbit is the strange luminescence
that emanates from the planet itself. The twin suns are too distant
to illuminate the planet effectively, and you are approaching from the side
facing away from them. Yet most of the surface emits a faint glow,
except for one dark spot where the force tells you you must go.
As soon as you near Mondu Codru, your starship sensors start beeping,
alerting you to a nearby ship. A modified old Gladiator class Star Destroyer
was hiding in orbit close to planet’s moon Dorumaa and is now coming at
you fast, with cannons and tractor beams trained on your ship.
Maya screams out, “That’s not typical Alliance issue! That thing’s painted RED!”
She dives toward the planet.
Ray yells, “Do I fire? We got incoming TIE’s!”
Drax offers, “Frak yeah fire…it’s them or us!”
Maya starts weaving as Drax looks down on her and notices she’s frantically
flipping switches. Laser fire from the TIE fighters start appearing on
the periphery of his vision. Maya continues, “Where am I headed?
Anyone picking up TeeO’s transponder? I got nothin’!”