After their harrowing confrontations with both the Tusken Raiders and then each other, our heroes continued on through the Jundland Wastes toward the refugee camp. Along the way, Rorworr nursed his Tusken charge back to health. Once the Tusken had awoken, Rorworr marched off into the wilderness with the creature in tow, much to the confusion of the rest of the group.
After a brief debate, the group decided to wait for the Wookiee to return before continuing on. Two hours passed, and still the Wookiee had not returned. So, realizing that few Tusken Raiders read Shyriiwook, Thane Okeer convinced his companions to continue on toward their goal, promising that he would write directions for Rorworr to follow.
Meanwhile, having marched long enough to nearly reach the edge of the Wastes, Rorworr deposited his Tusken captive, unbound him, and indicated that the creature should leave. Confused, but likely grateful, the Tusken accepted rations from the Wookiee before Rorworr turned to go.
Unknown to everyone, Jos Par had followed Rorworr and his captive. Waiting in the shadows for the wookiee to leave, Jos Par then confronted the newly-freed Tusken and attempted to subdue him in hand-to-hand combat. Unfortunately for the enigmatic Kel Dor, he either underestimated the physical prowess of the Tusken people, or else overestimated his own. The Tusken nearly took down this fragile member of our heroic party, but Jos Par overcame him in the end, nearly killing the raider with a blaster bolt to the shoulder.
With the immediate danger having passed, the Kel Dor bound the Tusken as best he could and placed several packs of rations in a trail just barely out of reach for the unconscious foe. In this way, our hero left him to return to his companions.
A few hours later, both Rorworr and Jos Par reached the crossroads where they had left their party, somewhat surprised to find themselves abandoned. Noticing the scrawled Shyriiwook on the canyon walls, however, they soon set off to begin their navigation back toward the rest of the group.
By this time, the bulk of our heroes had penetrated some of the deepest and densest areas of the Jundland wastes with their cargo in tow. As they came around a bend, they found a most curious sight: a man wearing desert survival gear with three seemingly-docile womp rats lounging at his feet.
Several of the group thought this strange (though not Thane Okeer, who could not for the life of him remember what a womp rat was), yet they were not truly worried until the Desert Man began to ask questions.
“Who are you? What do you want? Where are you going?”
The man was suspicious. Thane Okeer, always willing to negotiate, attempted to explain our heroes’ situation to the man — telling him that they came to bring new supplies to a refugee camp in the area.
The man seemed to grow more suspicious the more the party spoke. After a failed attempt by Jerec to mind trick the man into believing their tale, the Desert Man grew alarmed, frightened, and even a bit paranoid.
“Who did that?” he said. “Which one of you did that?”
Not realizing that one of his allies had just attempted to use the Force on this man, Thane Okeer was unable to give a satisfactory answer to the man’s questions. As a result, the man shot him.
Stunned by the sudden blast to the chest, Thane Okeer dropped to the ground as the rest of his companions joined the fray. Melenia Durren snapped off a few shots at the man before dropping to the floor of the speeder herself to avoid the devastating barrages from the man’s blaster rifle. Meanwhile, the Iktotchi hunter Arctan Meeso and the Felucian slave Frakthroh engaged the womp rats in a melee frenzy, attempting to keep them away from the supply speeder, as well as the rest of their companions. The technical droid D3-K4, seeing his friend and mistress Melenia pinned down by the desert man, rose out of the speeder and positioned himself for a crucially accurate shot against the rifleman, dropping him to his knees.
It was after this decisive shot that the tide of the battle turned. The womp rats surrounded “Deka” and pummeled his chrome exterior until he was damage beyond functioning. In addition, after taking a moment to recover from the droid’s blaster shot, the desert man revealed his true nature by tearing away his burdensome survival gear and igniting a bright blue lightsaber.
Suddenly both guilty and afraid at the thought of fighting a Jedi, our heroes knew not what to do until Jerec leapt atop the supplies piled into the speeder and ignited his own vibrant green lightsaber, revealing himself as a Jedi to both the man and his companions for the first time.
Unfortunately for him, this did little to deter the man, who also leaped atop the the speeder after incapacitating the Felucian with a single strike. The two stared each other down and a tense negotiation followed wherein Jerec managed to convince the man to take our heroes peaceably to the refugee camp — with the condition that they would go willingly bound and blindfolded.
Not knowing if Jerec had saved the party or doomed them, our rogues prepared for their uncertain future…