This morning, in need of stretching my legs after a good night’s sleep, I popped down to the Imperial Fleet from my ship, and was immediately startled by an unprecedented all systems alert over the PA systems. I tried to shake off the sense of dread that washed over me by looking through some synthweaving schematics, but couldn’t get the travel advisory out of my mind.
Over 10,000 dead so far, with thousands more infected and outbreak area growing exponentially as the virus continues to mutate. In an effort to try to contain the outbreak to the planet, government officials have asked the public to refrain from visiting or in any way communicating with Tatooine and its inhabitants.
While I do, of course, agree with their methods in general, I also knew that this was exactly the sort of catastrophe for which I am personally well-suited to handle. Which is why I immediately hopped on my speeder and zoomed back to my ship’s hangar and made my way to Tatooine.
Once there, I found the typically unremarkable outpost of Mos Ila swarming with containment troops, staring down infected citizens at rifle point. I was pleased to note they heeded our orders and immediately took down any people who showed signs of turning into rakghouls. Well met.
Having spent a good deal of time on Tatooine in my early days, I immediately noticed a few abnormalities– like the escape pod that had lodged itself in one of the unused city outbuildings. Where there is an escape pod, there is an escapee. And a larger ship from which they were escaping.
My path was becoming more clear to me. If I could track down more of the debris from this crash — and better yet the hull of the ship itself and some of the survivors, I know I could get to the bottom of this mystery.
A highlight of my day was definitely coming upon the wreckage from the ship (now known to me as the Stardream) North of the Republic encampment in the Dune Sea. The place was swarming with infected personnel– and already turned rakghouls. Luckily, I was able to subdue one of the rakghouls enough to gather a significant blood sample before I put him out of his misery with a nice overload of purple lightning.
I took my blood sample to someone I trust [name redacted to protect my useful compatriot] who is working on weaponizing the virus as we speak. I’ll have to jump back in the fray tonight to obtain some additional samples. But for now, it’s back to the grindstone. Must Holo in for a few meetings and give the impression I’m cooling my heels on the fleet, awaiting Malgus’ next directive. What a fool that man is…I’m sure my incredibly convincing PSA on the radio show last night, warning all loyal members of the Empire to stay away from Tatooine will give the impression I’m more than towing the line…
Towing the line? Loyal imperial citizens? Ha! I overheard a rumor in a bar on Hutta that the Empire created the rakghouls in the first place. So excuse me while I laugh at your toys coming back to bite ya while I count my credits cleaning up MORE of the Empire’s messes.
– Vrykerion, Bounty Hunter.
To Hire, Holo 5478523-2394-9
That old rumor again? Repubic propaganda to stir up their sympathizers, and try to plant doubt in the minds of any weaker minded Imperials who are open to such baseless allegations!
Speaking of credits, if that’s where your allegiance lies, perhaps we might be able to collaborate on some upcoming projects…
*jots down Vrykerion’s holo #*
Attention Imperial patriots: if you happen to be stuck on Tatooine and are looking for how you can help, our fellow citizen Dulfy has posted a primer for how you can get involved in the fight against the pandemic. For more details: http://dulfy.net/2012/04/16/rakghoul-pandemic-dynamic-event-guideupdated-daily/
Damn this cursed dust ball. And damn this cursed plague. What a devastation, but what an opportunity for study! I’ve been taking samples and studying them extensively, and I think I may just have come across a vaccine formula. Yes of course there is a vaccine already, but it’s expensive, and hardly possible for wide distribution, and not affordable to the average Imperial citizen. The formula I’ve created can be cheaply reproduced. We cannot allow disease to cripple our population and destroy our economy.
You’ve found an inexpensive and easy to reproduce vaccine, have you? How very…interesting.
I might know someone who can assist with this endeavor. Perhaps you and I could meet somewhere mutually convenient to discuss?