The sectors of Nar Shaddaa had been closed down due to a massive turf war. This meant that the group could not get into the Duros Sector to get back at Jooma, but it also meant that Jooma wouldn’t be able to escape if they made their way in. After being summoned to a meeting with Jacob, they were heavily scanned by an overprotective Arcona. Jacob was certain that he had a leak in his organization, and was not only going to root it out, but was going to send a message to all gangs in the area that Jacob Bandon was NOT to be crossed. He had used every connection he had to keep a massive speeder race which the local crime lords held annually, The Kilik Slug Classic, open during this time of almost full blown war. He had also taken the liberty of entering the party into the dangerous race, which was named for the ferocity of the racers and the course itself.
Jacob had a request for the honor of being entered into the race, firstly…they had to win. But more importantly, NOT take first place. The goal was to gain entry to the winners gala in the Duros sector after winning, but not be the main focus of attention, so they could plant and detonate a device which would gain them access to Jooma’s lair and simultaneously destroy one of her money laundering casinos, the Shatner’s Nebula.
They had two days to prepare for the race, learning about the other racers, even attempting to sabotage one of the other drivers. They took their position at the starting line and scoped out the remaining competition. Talon even insulted Zalban the Wookie, creating an instant rivalry. The race began and the group was focused on the task at hand. Talon fought back with Zalban, to prevent him from crossing the finish line in any sort of lead. Sisko used his superior driving skills to not only keep the car in second place, but to push the Ithorians, the underdogs of the race, into the first place spot. This was such an unexpected maneuver, that many people had not even bet on the Ithorians. Talon quickly got Plashi on the comlink and told her to put a large sum of credits on the Ithorians, a tip which she shared with Jacob who threw down 1 million credits on the bet. Talon had complete confidence in Sisko’s driving and knew the bet would pay off. Which it did, at a ratio of eight to one.
The Ithorians took first place, Sisko drove across the line second, and the love of his life, Lightning, crossed third greatly upset with Sisko. It appeared the party had not made many friends this day, but they greatly empowered the few remaining friends they had. At the winners gala, Sisko had asked for and received the second place prize of credits, at great cost to himself. He planned to give this to the owners of the Shatner’s Nebula so they would not be left completely destitute after the device they received from Jacob was detonated. The owners surprisingly turned out to be his parents. While distracting the crowd so Talon could slip in and detonate the device, Sisko managed to further insult Lightning, and now made a full fledged enemy out of the girl he had fallen for.
Moments before Talon detonated the device to get into Jooma’s private sanctuary, Sisko pulled his parents aside to give them the money he had received from the race winnings. With a somber apology, he handed over the 2000 credits, to which his father graciously replied “Great, we can reinvest this into our casinos on Alderaan.” A sudden shock set in Sisko as the realization came over him that they would be fine and all his concern for them was meaningless. He gave Talon the com that he had been waiting for, “Burn this Mother F*#(er down”, to which Talon did not hesitate.
Quickly changing out of their party attire in the back room while the guests outside were distracted but machines spitting out jackpots, the group slipped into the air vents and made their way down into the lair of Jooma the Hutt. The search the store room they first entered for their missing teleportation disk, but it was nowhere to be found, then they heard voices. Jooma, and someone else on the other side of the door. Then the word that sent Talon into a rage, “the Disk”. Not even waiting for his fellow companions to ready themselves, Talon kicked the door in to see Jooma, Zalban the wookie and a twi’lek…the slave girl they had let out of the box, now dawned in full armor, and holding his disk.