Light vs. Dark
The Dervish of the Opera
This adventure comes from the basic premise proposed in Coruscant & the Core Worlds that an assassination attempt would be made at the Opera house.
Upon returning to Coruscant, the party was placed on standby to join Senator Lohk’s staff on a mission to Alderaan. With over a week to go before the summit, however, there would be time for other activities on the capitol world. Given the recent attempt on the Senator’s life, the Senator asked the party to enhance his security efforts at the Opera during the week.
A major performance was to be held with many Senators in attendance and Lohk wanted to take every precaution after having a droid nearly blast him just a few weeks ago. Also, Quintis was away seeing to other Jedi duties at the moment, so the Senator wanted to make sure to keep a Jedi around to enhance his security. Thus, Tyson, Sebastian, and Joh-Kel agreed to take on this job. Attending the opera would be the Senator of course, in his box, along with Lohk’s rival, Senator Targhos, in a box on the opposite wall. Targhos was more traditional in his political views than the radical Lohk.
The party headed over to the Coruscant Opera House early in the morning, almost 12 hours before the performance was to be held, in order to survey the site to best enhance or make up for the existing security. They treated the endeavor in a very serious and business like manner.
After a day of meeting some minor NPCs at the Opera house and working with security there, they developed a pretty simple plan. Joh-Kel would stay near Senator Lohk’s box, probably in the corridor just outside of it. Sebastian would stay in the balcony seat level and keep an eye out from there. Lastly, Tyson would keep an eye on things backstage while simultaneously trying to not hinder the production.
Night fell, and the opera house came alive with all the pomp and fanfare of a gala event. Eventually, everyone was seated and the lights dimmed. The performance began and was moving along quite swimmingly. Not too long into things, Sebastian spotted someone moving up in the rafters back in the balcony section near him. A humanoid figure in the shadows was lining up a weapon for a shot on Senator Targhos. Sebastian immediately began moving towards the assassin as he call Tyson and Joh-Kel with his comm link to warn them of the danger. Joh-Kel immediately sprinted down the corridor and started to head around to the corridor on the other side where Targhos’ box was. Meanwhile, Tyson lined up his own shot from the curtains at stage right.
Before Sebastian could reach the hidden figure and before anything else could happen the assassin and Tyson fired nearly simultaneously (opposed initiatives for order). Tyson missed, but the assassin was evidently startled by Tyson’s shot and had his aim thrown off, changing a kill shot on Targhos into only a glancing blow. The assassin’s shot also seemed to have come from a slugthrower, rather than a blaster. Clearly seeing his attempt failed, the assassin made to escape as Sebastian closed in on his position. The assassin made a running balance check on the rafters and leaped from them all the way down to the stage. Clearly this assassin was aided by the Force.
Once on stage, the assassin could clearly be seen, but no one in the party succeeded on a check to identify the species or any of the markings on his garb. At this point, Sebastian was effectively out of the fight, and he worked his way through a suddenly chaotic throng of opera-goers to try to get to the edge of the balcony. On stage, Tyson was trying to line up a clear shot on the assassin amidst cast members as he yelled, “Security! Freeze right there!” The assassin, of course, took no heed to Tyson and did a bizarre series of Force-speed enhanced jumps to the nearest emergency exit and was away. Tyson took a chance on a blast, but missed.
Meanwhile, Joh-Kel was rushing to the side of wounded Targhos where he used his Force healing abilities to keep the Senator alive. Eventually, Sebastian and Tyson made their way outside and tried to track the culprit, but the mystery assailant was already long gone.
An investigation would take place over the next day as the party and Coruscant police interviewed witnesses and attempted to track down any information they could about the assassin, but it was almost as if the being had gotten into the opera invisibly. No witnesses saw it until after the shooting started. It was only later, drawing upon resources at the Jedi Temple, that the party was able to identify the trademark characteristics of the Seyugi Dervishes. (In this campaign I’d modified the Dervishes into a cult of assassins long thought eradicated which was similar to their actual background but just in a different time period).
Within two days, Targhos held a press conference from his hospital room where he awarded the party the prestigious Star of Kilimar on a live holonet broadcast. Prior to the broadcast, Targhos met and spoke with the party trying to learn about his saviors. Tyson and Joh-Kel comported themselves well enough, but Sebastian gave off a very strange vibe for some reason and said a lot of weird things. Sebastian definitely came across as weird during this meeting, just based on some of the things the player was saying.
During the broadcast and award ceremony, Targhos thanked the accurate Tyson Smee, the noble Jedi Joh-Kel, and he thanked Sebastian, pronouncing that Sebastian had been raised by Wookies as he tried to explain away why Sebastian seemed so stoic during the broadcast. Afterwards, the Senator thanked the party and told them to contact him someday if they ever needed help in a pinch.
A few days later, Quintis returned and the party began final preparations for the trade summit on Alderaan. The Dervish investigation would continue in the capable hands of the Coruscant police, much as the temporal anomaly investigation would continue in the capable hands of the Quintis’ Jedi superiors.