Heir to the Empire

Chapter 20

The Story So Far

Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa Solo are evading Imperial capture as — unknown to them — Grand Admiral Thrawn has promised them to dark Jedi clone Joruus C'Baoth in exchange for his alliance. 

While Leia and Chewbacca have gone to Kashyyyk, Han Solo and Lando Calrissian are broadcasting decoy messages using C-3PO as a voice mimic. They are also trying to contact smuggling lord Talon Karrde in hopes to extend legitimate business relationships from the New Republic. 

Thrawn is preparing to attack Sluis Van so rather than continue their own pursuit he orders a bounty on Luke's capture. Luck would have it that Mara Jade drops the Wild Karrde out of hyperspace for a routine procedure to find a stranded Luke leading to his capture by Karrde. When Luke awakens, he finds himself helpless, severed from the Force, while Karrde weighs his fate. 

Chapter 20

Han and Lando arrive on Abregado Rae looking for a point of contact with Karrde's organisation. Before leaving the ship, Han exchanges coded messages with Winter over comms about the increasingly strained situation on Coruscant. 

They disembark and enter LoBue, a local casino. Han spots a familiar face, Fynn Torve, and wedges himself into their ongoing game of sabacc. Han surreptitiously reports to Torve that his ship is being seized. Before the game can progress past the deal, though, Han is accused of cheating by a burly reverend. In the ensuing commotion, Lando escapes with the contact. 

Back on the Falcon, Han and Lando broker a deal with Torve to get a face-to-face with Talon Karrde back at Karrde's base of operations. 


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