Ironsworn Star Wars: Nia the Rodian 5

Previous: Nia and Grig are rebels based on planet Abon. They investigate about the arrest of Shona, Governor of planet Essus. Shona has been embarked on an Imperial Frigate and taken to Abon. While the heroes are going through the forest where the frigate landed, Grig is separated from Nia. She reaches the frigate and overhears Shona and the Sith Lord Herk ordering the Jarans (a community of snake-like aliens) to attack the Resistance so that their sacred tree will be spared. Nia meets some Jaran rebels, lead by Soveen, who agree to help her snatch Shona from the Empire. They visit the Jaran Jedi Chaidu who once was Shona’s teacher; he gives them Shona’s old lightsaber.

Nia’s current situation:

Edge:3 Heart:2 Iron:2 Shadow:3 Wits:4

Momentum:+8 Health:3 Spirit:5 Supply:2

Dangerous task: Snatch Shona out of the hands of the Empire / Progress:6

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Soveen and Nia are ready to Delve into the Frigate in search of Shona, while the other Jaran rebels set up an attack to distract the Imperial stormtroopers.

Dangerous Delve into the Frigate

Theme: Fortified

Custom “Starship” Domain:

Features: 21-40:Corridor or passage; 41-55:Cargo hold; 56-70: Crew Quarters; 71-82:Escape Pod; 83-95:Turret or Heavy Weapon; 96-00:Special
Dangers: 31-35: Trap ; 36-40: Alarm Trigger ; 41-45: Blocked Passage

Shots con be heard at the border of the forest: Soveen’s friends are attacking the troopers, making all the noise they can.

Soveen and Nia enter the frigate through a secondary cargo hatch.

DELVE THE DEPTHS C:4,5 A:1+3Shadows MISS

REVEAL A DANGER: A discovery undermines or complicates your quest

The door leading to interior of the frigate is locked with a code they cannot break.

Does Nia have a tool that she can use to break the code and open the door?

CHECK YOUR GEAR: C:2,9 A:1+2Supply WEAK HIT
(+1 momentum, now 9; -1 supply now 1)

Nia manages to open the door with her decoding stick.

They are now in a corridor.

DELVE THE DEPTHS C:5,8 A:1+3Shadows MISS

REVEAL A DANGER: theme card “Denizen ready to sound the alarm”

A trooper is standing next the alarm button. Nia has a single shot to bring him down.

BATTLE: C:8,6 A:2+3 Edge MISS

Nia misses and the trooper sounds the alarm. Soveen and Nia rush forward trying to push him aside, while the alarm is sounding. (from now on I will Delve with +Edge instead of +Shadow)

FACE DANGER: C:8,3 A:4+3 Edge WEAK HIT
(-1 momentum, now 8)

Nia is briefly caught in a hand-to-hand fight with the trooper. Soveen stabs him from behind with a dagger.

DELVE THE DEPTHS C:3,5 A:1+3Edge WEAK HIT

They open a side door and find:
Feature: the cockpit of a large laser cannon

Mark Delve Progress (now 2)

DELVE THE DEPTHS C:9,10 A:4+3Edge MISS

They open the next door and find

Feature (Special): a storage-room containing two combat droids

FACE DANGER: C:2,5 A:3+3 Edge STRONG HIT

The droids are inactive and they can proceed undisturbed.

DELVE THE DEPTHS C:2,6 A:5+3Edge STRONG HIT

Delve Progress:4

Feature: work or training area
Opportunity: an aspect of the nature of the starship is revealed

The dead bodies of Jarans floating in vats. Lord Herk must be up with some crazy experiments on these people!

DELVE THE DEPTHS C:6,8 A:5+3Edge WEAK HIT

Mark progress (now 6) and

REVEAL A DANGER: Trap

While they are walking along a corridor, an automatic laser beam is triggered.

Is Nia walking ahead of Soveen? [likely] YES

FACE DANGER: C:6,9 A:2+3Edge MISS

Nia takes one harm (Health now 2)

ENDURE HARM: C:3,4 A:5+2Iron STRONG HIT
(shake it off, Health back to 3, momentum down to 7)

DELVE THE DEPTHS C:2,5 A:4+3Edge STRONG HIT
(Delve Progress: 8)

Feature: Crew Quarters

Opportunity: a clue offer direction

They pass a series of rooms full of cots for the troopers. There’s nobody there. Proceeding through the corridor, they reach a door labeled “Restricted access: Cells”.

DELVE THE DEPTHS C:8,8 A:4+3Edge MISS AND MATCH

While they are approaching the door, it opens and they are confronted by an armored droid! (Dangerous Foe)

ENTER THE FRAY: C:2,6 A:3+2Heart WEAK HIT (take the initiative)

STRIKE: C:1,2 A:6+3Edge STRONG HIT (Fight Progress:2)

Nia and Soveen have their blasters ready and they both hit the droid.

STRIKE: C:6,8 A:1+3Edge (burn momentum 7: now 2) WEAK HIT (Fight Progress: 4)

They hit the droid again, but it is now close to Nia. It tries to hit her with its iron fist.

CLASH: C:10,10 A:1 MISS and MATCH [the worst possible roll]

Nia takes a hard blow (2 harm, health now 1). [Match] A second droid arrives through the same door.

Nia and Soveen try sneaking through the door while it is closing behind the droid.
FACE DANGER: C:1,7 A:5+3 Edge STRONG HIT

LOCATE YOUR OBJECTIVE C:1,1 Progress:8 STRONG HIT and MATCH
They are incredibly fast and they also manage to close the door between themselves and the droid. They are in a small office which gives access to two cells. In one of them there is Shona, the other is occupied by Jaran prisoners.

They open the cells, give Shona her lightsaber and arm the Jarans with blasters they can find in the office.

Dangerous task: Snatch Shona out of the hands of the Empire / Progress: 8

ESCAPE THE DEPTHS: C:4,6 A:2+4Wits WEAK HIT
(you face a new complication as you emerge from the depths)

With the additional firepower and Shona’s saber they can take down the droid. They retrace their steps, but when hey come out of the cargo hatch they are faced by Lord Herk and a squad of troopers. While Nia and the Jarans engage the troopers, Shona duels with Lord Herk.

[I will resolve the duel by checking Fulfill your Vow of snatching Shona from the hands of the Empire]

FULFILL YOUR VOW: C:3,5 Progress:8 STRONG HIT (XP:2)

After a couple of assaults and parries, Shona cuts off Lord Herk’s saber-hand. The Jarans are overcoming the disoriented stormtroopers, but in the distance they see that a large Imperial starship is approaching. Nia bids Soveen good luck and leads Shona towards the forest, heading for the Stingy Eagle…

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Nia’s current situation:

Edge:3 Heart:2 Iron:2 Shadow:3 Wits:4

Momentum:+2 Health:1 Spirit:5 Supply:1

Dangerous task: Snatch Shona out of the hands of the Empire / Fulfilled

Experience: 2

Ironsworn Star Wars: Nia the Rodian 4

Previously: Nia and Grig are rebels based on planet Abon. They investigate about the arrest of Shona, Governor of planet Essus. They reach Essus on their starship the Stingy Eagle and find out that Shona has been embarked on an Imperial frigate directed to Abon. When they come back to Abon, Grig is separated from Nia. She reaches the frigate and overhears Shona and a Sith Lord ordering the Jarans (a community of snake-like aliens) to attack the Resistance so that the Jaran sacred tree will be spared.

Nia’s current situation:

Edge:3 Heart:2 Iron:2 Shadow:3 Wits:4

Momentum:+5 Health:3 Spirit:5 Supply:2

Dangerous task: Snatch Shona out of the hands of the Empire / Progress:6


Nia looks for one or more Jarans that are far away from troopers that she can talk with them without being noticed.

Does she find a single individual or a small group? [50/50 Oracle] Small group
How many are them? [1D3+1] 3

Who are they? [Character Role Oracle] Thieves

They have stolen a crate of Imperial rations and are eating them not far from the giant tree.

Nia introduces herself as a member of the rebellion. She says that Shona is probably being manipulated or threatened by the Sith Lord: he asks them to help her free Shona.

COMPEL: C:6,8 A:6+2Heart WEAK HIT
(+1 momentum, now 6)
They will help her, but ask something in return.
[Action / Theme Oracle] Reduce Leader

The Jaran new leader Muko has been very ambiguous with the Empire and the Rebellion, never taking a clear position. Now Muko appears to be a puppet in the hands of Lord Herk, the Sith. The three Jarans want Muko removed from command.

Nia asks if there is a Jaran strong enough in the ways of the Force to be a good leader for the community and to help them fight Lord Herk.

GATHER INFORMATION: C:2,6 A:3+4Wits STRONG HIT
(+2 momentum, now 8)

Yes, the three know of a Jaran Jedi and they would like to have him as leader instead of Muko.
Is this Jaran Jedi Male or Female? [50/50] Male
Name: Chaidu

When Muko was elected as leader, Chaidu left the other Jarans for a hermitage.

Where does he live? [Location Oracle] Flooded Hill
He lives on an island at the center of a lake.

Soveen, one of the three Jarans, will help Nia reach Chaidu, while the other two will alert the other pro-rebellion Jarans and make them ready to attack the frigate.

Nia and Soveen agree to steal two Imperial speeder bikes: in this way, they will reach Chaidu in a very short time.

SECURE AN ADVANTAGE C:1,7 A:3+3Shadow WEAK HIT
(+1 momentum, now 9)

since it’s a Weak Hit, I add a small complication:

[50/50 Oracle] 1.they only manage to steal a single bike; 2. they are pursued [result:1]

They ambush a biker trooper at the edge of the forest. The bike will be somehow slower with both of them on board, but there are no other bikers in sight, so they decide to proceed.

[Chaidu is not far away; I roll a single Journey move]

UNDERTAKE A JOURNEY C:1,2 A:3+4Wits STRONG HIT

They soon reach Chaidu’s lake island.

Nia and Soveen ask Chaidu to immediately come with them to the giant tree to face Lord Herk and free Shona.

COMPEL: C:6,7 A:3+2Heart MISS

Chaidu is not intentioned to take part in fights or politics. As a young girl, Shona had been one of his adepts: she later abandoned her mystic studies and moved to planet Essus. Chaidu believes she is strong enough to face Lord Herk. He gives to Nia and Soveen the lightsaber that once belonged to Shona.

Nia and Soveen return to the giant tree and meet Soveen’s Jaran friends. They tell them that Muko and Lord Herk have called for the evening a council of all Jaran tribes; Shona has been escorted into the Imperial Frigate.
[Will Soveen stay with Nia or with his friends? 50/50 Oracle: Shona]
Soveen asks his friends to immediately start a diversion and engage as many stormtroopers as they can. He and Nia will Delve into the Frigate in search of Shona.

Nia’s current situation:

Edge:3 Heart:2 Iron:2 Shadow:3 Wits:4

Momentum:+8 Health:3 Spirit:5 Supply:2

Dangerous task: Snatch Shona out of the hands of the Empire / Progress:6

to be continued….

Ironsworn Star Wars: Nia the Rodian 3

Summary: Nia and Grig are rebels based on planet Abon. The Resistance orders them to investigate about the arrest of Shona, Governor of planet Essus. They reach Essus on their starship the Stingy Eagle and find out that Shona has been embarked on an Imperial frigate directed to Abon. They come back to Abon and land a few miles away from the coordinates of the frigate.

Nia’s current situation:

Edge:3 Heart:2 Iron:2 Shadow:3 Wits:4
Momentum:+4 Health:5 Spirit:5 Supply:2

Dangerous task: Snatch Shona out of the hands of the Empire
Progress:4

In order to reach the position of the Imperial frigate, Nia and Grig must cross a forest.
I will treat this as a Dangerous Delve.
Domain: Tanglewood
Custom “Star Wars” Theme (based on “Wild”):

Features:
1-6 Remains of ancient technology
7-12 (Abandoned?) Temple or settlement
13-16 Impressive flora or fauna
17-20 Isolated droid
Dangers
1-6 Encounter with aliens
7-11 Encounter with humans
12-17 Hazardous terrain
18-23 Weather or environmental threat
24-27 Benign aspect becomes a threat
28-30 Ill fated victim in danger

DELVE THE DEPTHS: C:2,10 A:5+3Edge WEAK HIT

Mark progress twice and reveal a danger
Delve Progress: 4
Feature: Dense Thicket

Danger: you way is blocked or trapped


They make good progress for a while, then they reach an area where the forest is so thick that it is impassable. They return towards the coast, but to get back to the beach they must climb down a high cliff.

FACE DANGER: C:5,6 A:1+3Edge MISS
PAY THE PRICE: Roll again and make it worse
PAY THE PRICE: You are separated from something or someone

They drop a rope down the cliff and Nia goes first. When she is half way, the rope snaps. She falls and take some harm [-2 Health now 3]. Grig is unable to reach her. They agree that he will look for a way through the forest or go back to the Stingy Eagle.

DELVE THE DEPTHS: C:3,6 A:5+3Edge STRONG HIT

Delve Progress: 6
Feature: Waterway

Nia founds a stream that appears to flow from the direction where she is directed. She leaves the coast again and walks up the stream.

Opportunity: you get the drop on a denizen

She stumbles upon an Imperial Light Walker. The pilot is standing near the vehicle: he has been captured by an hypnotic plant. Nia climbs into the Walker and proceeds.

DELVE THE DEPTHS: C:3,8 A:6+3Edge STRONG HIT
Delve Progress: 8
Feature: Rocky outcrop

The stream vanishes in a steep rocky area. The difficult terrain is not an obstacle for the walker.

DELVE THE DEPTHS: C:1,7 A:5+3Shadow STRONG HIT
Delve Progress: 10
Feature: Elder tree

LOCATE YOU OBJECTIVE: C:4,8 STRONG HIT
(+1 momentum, now 5)

Nia leaves the walker and stealthily approaches her destination. She peeps through the vegetation to see that the imperial frigate landed in a clearing next to the largest tree she has ever seen.

Can Nia see Shona? [50/50] YES
I mark progress on the Dangerous Task (now 6)

In order to get inspiration about why Shona was taken to Abon, I roll a
MAJOR PLOT TWIST: The enemy gains new allies
Shona has a strong bond with these beings [Oracle: the Jarans]: she can convince them to fight side by side with the Empire against the Resistance.

What do the Jarans look like? [Delve “Monstrosity” Oracles]
Size: Medium (person-sized)
Form: Snake-like
Characteristics: Sharp teeth; Tail
Abilities: Armored; Swift
Disposition: Helpful

Shona and a Sith Lord are near to where Nia is hiding: they are engaged in a conversation with some Abon dwellers, the Jarans. The Jarans agree to fight against the Resistance, so that their sacred tree will be spared.

Current situation:

Edge:3 Heart:2 Iron:2 Shadow:3 Wits:4

Momentum:+5 Health:3 Spirit:5 Supply:2

Dangerous task: Snatch Shona out of the hands of the Empire / Progress:6

Ironsworn Star Wars: Nia the Rodian 2

Episode 1

Nia’s current situation:

Edge:3 Heart:2 Iron:2 Shadow:3 Wits:4

Momentum:+2 Health:5 Spirit:5 Supply:5

Dangerous task: Find Shona and take her to Abon – Progress:0

Nia and Grig will enter the imperial command at the Essus spaceport in order to collect information about where Shona might have been taken. Grig is disguised as an Imperial trooper. The plan is for Nia to figure as a Rodian scoundrel that has been arrested.

I will treat the visit to the Imperial command as a small (Troublesome) Delve. I defined this simple Domain to use together with the Fortified Theme:

21-45 corridor

46-60 office

61-65 stairs

66-75 workshop

76-85 cells

6-100 something unusual or unexpected

Delve the Depths: C:4,4 A:6+3Shadow STRONG HIT +MATCH

Delve Progress:3

The guard says: “Rodian filth, uh? We two must be the only two guys at work tonight. I hope you find someone to open a cell downstairs”

Delve the Depths: C:3,5 A:3+3Shadow STRONG HIT

Delve Progress:6

Opportunity: arrows pointing to “Data Room” They walk through deserted corridors, following the arrows to the Data Room

Delve the Depths: C:1,2 A:4+3Shadow STRONG HIT

Delve Progress:9

Domain Feature 49: Office They see a terminal through the open door of a deserted office

Locate Your Objective: C:3,9 vs 9 WEAK HIT

Nia can connect to the terminal and finds the log about the only frigate which left from the spaceport the previous morning.

Complication: The frigate is part of an Imperial operation on the rebel-controlled planet Abon. The log contains the exact coordinates of the ship’s destination, but all other details are classified and not accessible through this terminal.

I reformulate the Task from Find Shona and take her to Abon as “Snatch Shona out of the hands of the Empire”

I mark progress on the Dangerous task “Free Shona” (now 2)

Escape the depths: C:2,6 A:5+3 STRONG HIT

+1 momentum (now 3)

They return undisturbed to the Stingy Eagle. The Stingy Eagle flies back to Abon towards the coordinates appearing on the log of the Imperial Frigate.

Troublesome Journey to Abon.

Undertake a journey C:7,10 A:4+4Wits WEAK HIT

The spaceship leaves the atmosphere of Essus. They did not have time to refuel the Eagle, but the journey is not long. (-1 Supply now 4) Journey progress: 3

Undertake a journey C:6,10 A:2+4Wits MISS

They jump to hyperspace and emerge in sight of Abon. The Imperial navy is there!

1 ship / several ships [50/50 Oracle] Many A large Imperial fleet is in plain view.

Face Danger: C:1,10 A:6+3Shadow+1Companion WEAK HIT

(-1 supply, now 3) Grig tries a quick maneuver, hoping they are not spotted. It works, but they are forced to a detour…

Undertake a journey C:2,10 A:1+4Wits WEAK HIT

The Space Eagle loops around one of Essus’ moons, which shields them from the Imperial fleet. (-1 supply, now 2) Journey progress: 6

Undertake a journey C:4,4 A:1+4Wits STRONG HIT + MATCH Journey progress: 10

Reach your Destination: C: 3,4 STRONG HIT

(+1 momentum, now 4) I mark progress on the Dangerous task “Free Shona” (now 4)

In order to avoid being spotted by the crew of the Imperial frigate, the Stingy Eagle lands a few miles away from the coordinates.

[oracle Location] Shadowy Coast

The starship quietly glides on the densely forested coast of the tropical region of Abon.

Current Situation:

Edge:3 Heart:2 Iron:2 Shadow:3 Wits:4 Momentum:+4 Health:5 Spirit:5 Supply:2

Dangerous task: Snatch Shona out of the hands of the Empire Progress:4

To be continued…

Ironsworn Star Wars: Nia the Rodian 1

I haven’t been smart enough to join the Starforged play-testing and now I am impatient to get the rules and try the game! As a diversion, I started a short Star-Wars-inspired Ironsworn game. I also thought that it would be fun to create some rough comic-like illustrations for this story.

My character is a Rodian Female, Nia.

Edge:3 Heart:2 Iron:2 Shadow:3 Wits:4

Momentum:+2 Health:5 Spirit:5 Supply:5

Character Goal [Oracle]: Gain Knowledge

Asset: Kindred Companion

Oracle Male/Female? Male

Name: Grig – Your friend stands by you. Skilled: When you make a move outside of combat (not a progress move) aided by your companion’s expertise, add +1. Expertise: Pilot

The Rodian merchant Nia is the owner of the Stingy Eagle cargo ship and Grig is the pilot of the ship. They are both rebels and use the cover of Nia’s trading to infiltrate Empire-controlled planets and collect information for the rebels based on planet [Oracle] Abon.

The Stingy Eagle flies towards planet [Oracle] Essus where [Oracle: An Innocent is Accused] the Empire has imprisoned governor Shona. She is charged of collaborating with the rebellion, but she never did.

The leaders of the Rebellion asked Nia to investigate the situation on Essus and possibly find Shona and take her to Abon.

Dangerous task: Find Shona and take her to Abon – Progress:0

As soon as the Stingy Eagle reaches Essus, Nia and Grig visit the spaceport tavern, hoping to learn some details about the situation.

Do they ask information to humans or aliens? [50/50] Oracle: Human

Male / Female [50/50]: Female

They talk with a local merchant: Denua

Gather Information: C:8,9 A:3+4Wits=7 MISS

Just a few hours earlier, Denua has seen Shona being escorted to an Imperial frigate which has left for an unknown destination. Where has she been taken?

Nia and Grig return to the Stingy Eagle. Nia tries to break into the Imperial Planetary Information System and find out about the route of the frigate.

Gather Information: C:9,10 A:5+4Wits=9 MISS

She is unable to break in. They must find a way to enter the Imperial command at the spaceport and get direct access to an authorized terminal.