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Open Roleplay Chasing Leads| Jek'Tar Bar-Nar Shaddaa

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  1. Bradok

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    Mangus didn't particularly like Nar Shaddaa, and not just because of everything he went through here when he was young. The air was thick here, stagnant with the stench of decay and desperation, and it lingered in his lungs as sighed. Once again he had found himself on the planet he hated above all others in the Galaxy, and Mangus only hoped that this trip would be worth it.

    He opened the door to the Jek'Tar Bar, a scummy dive down in the slums, and was met with the usual clamor found in such places. A few high pitched yells over the murmuring of the crowd, a cheap imitation of a popular song played by the band, tables and chairs thumping across the floor, those coupled with the occasional blaster fire gave clear signals to Mangus he was in the right place.

    He had gotten wind of a rather pricey contract on some rouge spice merchant that decided to spilt on his partners with most of their cash and product. While High-Profile targets weren't really his thing, Mangus had heard through the grapevine the rouge merchant was planning to do business with the some obscure group of slavers operating in the Outer Rim. Once he made contact with them he was as good as gone, Mangus knew that all too well, but if he was able to catch him this payday would set him up for quite some time.

    So it was that he now found himself here in what might be the sleaziest bar on all of Nar Shaddaa waiting for the employer to appear and deliver the details to him and any other hopeful bounty hunters out there in the crowd. Mangus could make a few of them at first glance, though those were likely the novices of the bunch. He knew it was the ones that didn't make themselves so boldly known that he would truly have to compete with.

    "You here 'bout the bounty?" The bartender leaned in towards Mangus and spoke, his breath emitting a rotten odor resembling something close to rotten pickles.

    "Why do you ask?" Mangus asks with a wry smile upon his face. "Do I look like a bounty hunter to you?"

    The bartender then grunted and sneered at Mangus for a moment before continuing. "Listen smartass they paid me to tell all you bounty hunter types to head to the back table if you are interested, now fuck off. You're crowding my bar.

    "Yeah yeah, I gotcha chief." Mangus said dismissively as he stood giving a slight wave towards the bartender as he headed for the backroom, unsure of what he might find there.
     
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  2. Iveta'Gal

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    A ‘trove’. That was bounty hunter slang for those unpublicised bounties that pay a significant amount well over the regular pay-outs. There were occasions when circumstances meant people would pay many digits for a hit but only open it up to a very small circle. Iveta’Gal had heard through a reliable source there was a trove located in this sector of Nar Shadda, and after some digging she had supposedly been given the location of the trove. Whilst Nar Shadda was not her favourite planet (in fact it was one of her least favourite) it did occasionally throw up a hit worth her time. Whilst it didn’t have the cleanliness or glamour of a planet like Coruscant, there was still money to be made, especially with the lack of regulation.

    The bounty hunter walked in. A few conversations were cut to silence as her entrance instantly caught their attention. Unlike the discretion many bounty hunters revelled in, Iveta was quite the opposite as she thrived in the spot light. The bounty hunter was dressed in her typical attire, a very technologically advanced suit; consisting of a tight navy blue jumpsuit which was reinforced with light blue and red metal plates. The plates protected her chest, shoulders, arms, wrists as well as her knees, shins and boots. The woman has dark blonde hair, light blue eyes, and a very pale complexion contrasting her pink lips. Rather noticeably she was also covered in weapons, though many were hidden from sight. Around her waist a utility belt with numerous explosives, ammunition and tools. She had three gun holsters with two on her thighs and one at her abdomen. On her back she also had a modified Z-6 jetpack. One short blade was also clipped to her boot.

    A couple bounty hunters recognised her clan colours, stood up and made their exit. A couple more who were not aware of who she was also took to their feet and left. Their exit made it easy for Iveta to see where the other hunters had congregated. She walked slowly to the table, folded her arms in a slovenly manner and looked around at those around her, seemingly unimpressed by what she saw. A few began to whisper, a couple even laughing. She noted mentally which individuals she had already taken a disliking too.
     
  3. Bradok

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    So far things had more or less gone like Mangus had predicted. As the crowds thinned, patrons leaving either drunk or scared, it became ever more apparent whom the heavy hitters in the bunch were and just who among them was interested in the same catch as Mangus as they swarmed the back tables. A few caught his eye immediately. A few Twi'lek and their Rodian companions seemed pretty formidable, as well as some strange man with backed by a few droids, however; as Mangus peered out at them from the dimly lit seat he was rested on another caught his eye. Clad in body armor and strapped to the teeth with firepower a young woman parted the masses still remaining in the bar as she approached the congregation of bounty hunters now gathering at the back. Saying not a word when she arrived she would simply cross her arms and deliver a disapproving look to most seated at the tables. Mangus eyed her for a moment, but his thoughts were soon interrupted by the clicking of their hosts.

    A door to the side of the room slid open and three of them appeared. Colicoids, nasty bugs that would just as soon eat you alive than ask for help. They were known for being ruthless businessmen, and if they were outsourcing help then perhaps this contract was a bit more than Mangus had originally thought. They approached the table most center to the now gathered group of hired guns and threw down a holodisk that began projecting an image of another Colicoid.

    "Thissss issss Kessar." The smallest of the three spoke and he motioned around for all to come take a closer look. "He a longtime partner and old friend that decide to sssscrew ussss over." He continued, the clicking and buzzing of his voice taking on an angry tone. "We no care who catch him. You bring him back alive we give big baddaa payday. You bring him back dead, well that ok too." He went on buzzing out what seemed to a snicker at the end.

    Mangus rose and approached the others, moving over close to Iveta'Gal to get a better look at the mark. He then crossed his arms and began to think about how to proceed. If he cashed in on this supposed 'big baddaa' payday he knew he would be set for a while at least, but this was a ruthless group of hunters and he knew anyone of them would just as easily kill him as they would the mark should he get in their way. He had pursued contracts like this before in the past, so he wasn't scared to commit to it, he just knew it was going to be a hassle trying to beat out the others all gunning for the same prize. Sighing Mangus stepped forward and began to speak.

    "Alright, but what are the details? Why so much for a rouge business partner, and why wait until he is headed for the back side of the rim before posting a bounty if you want him caught so badly? He said as he looked down at the Colicoid.

    Clicking for a moment and buzzing in what appeared to be frustration, the bug spoke up once more. "You no assssk quesssstion, no asssk quesssstion. You want pay? You catch or kill traitor and bring back body before he reach hissss alliessss in the rim. We already send lasssst location and other information to your datapads. You catch yessss? Yessss."

    Mangus knew trying to pry information from a Colicoid was like trying to befriend a Rancor, so instead he followed suite to most of the others gathered around the tables and whipped out his datapad to view the details.
     
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    As the other bounty hunters gathered and fussed around the table Iveta’Gal drifted backwards turning away from the information, not even taking one glance.

    “Hey”

    Her words weren’t shouted but they were firm, loud, commanding and uncompromising. She addressed the three Colicoids and spoke as if there were no other people in the room.

    “I don’t work on promises, I work on figures. Now before you open your mouth and disappoint me I want you to think very carefully.”

    Her icy blue eyes narrowed on the Colicoid standing in the center. She may have been a female human but there was something detached and apathetic about her approach. Iveta knew very much they would open their mouths and disappoint her.
     
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    For the second time tonight Mangus was surprised by the peculiar woman standing before him. To say she was different from other women would be an understatement, but it wasn't he nonconformist attitude that had struck Mangus the most. No, it was the sheer brazenness that she wielded about her like some unseen weapon or piece of armor. Letting out a chortle and he turned to her his eyes flicked over towards the Colicoid who was now furiously clicking his antenna together and bickering with the two others with him.

    "Numberssss, yessss, numberssss." He finally barked out rubbing his claws together variously as he stared upon the woman. "Credits, we give one millionssss for proff of death. Two if body is returned, yessss." He said looking at the women and clicking a few times.

    Hearing this Mangus laughed a bit under his breath and looked back towards the woman standing before him. It was a lot of Creds, no doubt about that, but then again there were bounties out there for more money and less work than what he was offering them. It was to be expected of a Colicoid though, their harsh sense of business and rough nature made them greedy but because of that their kind owned some of the most profitable businesses in the Galaxy.

    "It's not skin off my bones if you back out." Mangus jested at Iveta'Gal as he walked towards her. "But I doubt you can get anything more out of our little friend here." He continued motioning a thumb towards the broker before extending his hand towards the woman in greeting. "Name's Mangus, and you?"
     
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    Iveta watched the Colicoid as he addressed her, her eyes not blinking or wavering one bit. The bounty hunters facial expression did not give the impression of someone to be taken a fool for. As the Colicoid’s moved away arguing amongst themselves, Magnus took it upon himself to wander over and introduce himself. Iveta turned her body half way and looked on at the scruffy looking man. Staring directly into his eyes, Magnus could only guess what she was thinking right now. Moments passed and she still hadn’t responded to him. Magnus might assume the woman was trying to figure him out or preparing something to say.

    Iveta’Gal turned away from Magnus and took a few steps closer towards the Colicoid. It was as if Magnus was a ghost. She spoke again, addressing the Colicoid with her usual assertive voice.

    “3 million for alive. 3 million for dead. Offer me any less and I’d make an much larger and easier profit helping your business associate dodge this motley band of hunters.”
     
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    Though the woman had brushed him off for the most part Mangus did not take it as a slight against his person. He knew it would take a rather tough woman living the sort of life she must and being in this line of work, so taking that into account he assumed it was just her nature to be cold. Laughing a bit as he pulled his hand back with an over exaggerated motion Mangus' eyes turned to the Colicoid who, unlike him, was not in the least bit amused by the sheer gall of the girl standing before him.

    A various array of clicks and coos erupted from all three of the Colicoids before them, their eyes flushed with anger and the sound of their voices frantic perturbed. The one in the middle began to seemingly try to reign in his companions as the other bounty hunters gathered about the tables began to glance between the woman and the employers. Suddenly the one doing most of the talking slammed his fist down upon the table effectively silencing the other, and afterwards he began to speak again.

    "You drive hard bargain, yessss." He cooed as he began to rub his claws together. "So here final offer. We pay two million for dead, and four if you bring him back alive. If you no aceeeept then we are ssssure one of thesssse others can do it jusssst assss well." He finished throwing up one of his hands and motioning towards everyone else in the room.

    Mangus nodded for a moment before approaching the table. If he had been a bit spectacle about this whole thing before, his reservations had just been brushed aside by the promise of a considerable raise. He wasn't the most experienced hunter in the Galaxy but he had Hutts and everyone else on the Rim at least once, and to top it off he had gifts few normal bounty hunters did. Smiling at the bugs standing across the table Mangus spoke up.

    "I'll bring him back, don't you worry." He said chidingly as if purposefully trying to get a rise out of the rest of the bounty hunters gathered there. "You just have those credits ready for transfer."
     
  8. Iveta'Gal

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    Iveta hid a smirk, raising her right hand up and pressing her index finger against her lips. Four million would be a fair figure. She didn't think there would be too many difficulties in finding her target, especially given her knowledge of Nar Shaddaa and contacts she had in place. As she pondered over a few details she heard Magnus addressing the group. There was something that seperated this man from the rest but whether this was stupidly or brilliance was yet to be determined. She had never seen him before after all. Iveta calmly walked over to the table, raising her wrist guard towards the data pad in order to download the necessary information. As the technology connected and began to download, she looked to her side observing Magnus.

    "What makes you so sure that you will be claiming this bounty?"
     
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    Finally the woman had shown a bit of interest in something other than credits, though whether or not this was a rare occurrence or not he did not know, Mangus still smiled for a moment before taking a step back and giving the woman another look over. He was confident in his abilities, having worked both as Bounty Hunter and smuggler alike in his time, however it was plain to see that the woman before him was a professional. He didn't know if he would be able to out hunt her going through normal channels but he had his ways of getting stuff done.

    "Well we all have our ways don't we?" He chided, clearly poking fun at the girl's question. "If I reveal all my tricks here what fun will the chase be?" He continued, crossing his arms once more and delivering a wry smile towards his female cohort.

    After that he really wasn't sure what to expect from her, but the dealings with their would be employers was over. As quickly as they had entered the three insects had left leaving all the gathered hunters to debate amongst themselves. Most of those who were lingering at the back of the crowd had long since uploaded the details and left the bar leaving few behind. Noticing this Mangus decided it too was time for him to move out as well.

    "Says here he was last seen in the lower docks, no doubt trying to book unregistered passage. If he gets offworld this job is going to become a hell of a pain" He spoke outloud as he reviewed the data. "Well if he's there it shouldn't be to hard to pick up his trail." Mangus finished then looked at the woman next to him. "Well what's your play?"
     
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    Iveta looked blankly at Magnus unsure of how to take him. She believed she stood the best chance of finding the target but there were a couple of ways she could do this and ensure she was the first to find him. Whilst she was knowledgeable of Nar Shaddaa, she had no real experience of this region in particular. She also had bigger business to attend to on Coruscant so the sooner she could tie this up the better. Ignoring Magnus' question completely she responded with her own.

    "How well do you know these docks?"
     
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    Yet again the brash nature of the woman rang true as she ignored Mangus' question outright and delivered one of her own. It was a refreshing turn of pace for Mangus to meet someone like the woman before him, so he didn't take her brashness as a slight. Studying her for a moment he would simply nod to himself and think on just how he should proceed with this potentially deadly rival. Finally, deciding should something ill occur he could handle it, he spoke up in retort.

    "Better than a stranger to these parts but not as good as a local. Spent alota time there as a kid." Mangus went on, rubbing his chin as he spoke. "Why do you ask?" He finished with a crooked grin.

    Mangus had a pretty good idea why she wanted to know, but he was one of those people that found little bits of joy by picking at others. What he had said was true enough, he knew the lower docks well enough, but that alone wasn't really what he was planning to rely on to find his prey. No, finding the target wasn't the main problem he was now faced with. It was getting him before the others and not getting killed in the process, and for that both he and the bounty hunting beauty may need a bit of help.
     
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    "Hmm."

    Iveta’Gal glanced behind herself and then walked away from the group, obviously hoping Magnus would follow her. It was now important no one else was listening in. Despite Mangus’ modest words she could sense he knew more than he was giving away. He could be even more useful than he knew.

    "In truth I have other business I wish to attend to so I want to make this as simple and quick as possible. Join me. Split the earnings 50/50. If you know the Docks, inform me of the best spots, most important people and I guarantee to get everyone else here out of the picture. Then with no complications we capture the target."

    Iveta raised her hand towards the man. Her tone was different to before and her expression was relatively softer. There was still an arrogance about her and she didn’t expect Magnus to decline.

    "Do we have a deal?"
     
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    At first Mangus was a little surprised that Iveta'Gal actually asked for, in her own way, help. He had known women like her before and they almost always stay true to their stubborn nature, even if that meant getting in over their heads in whatever dealings they were apart of. For her to come out and ask for a partnership, albeit a temporary one, must have taken a lot for her and because of it Mangus was thoroughly impressed. Deciding it best to at least here what she had to say after all of that, Mangus followed her away from the crowd.

    "Listen." Mangus' typical jovial nature was now replaced with a far more serious tone. "It's clear to see that you're no run of the mill Bounty Hunter, I'm sure all the others have noticed it too, but this isn't my first party either. I don't like hunting but I'm pretty good at it because I have rules I follow to the letter. With all these people gunning for the same contract I could use your help, that's the truth of it, but if we join up and run in my circles to find this guy you have to do one thing for me." His eyes then once more took on a softer tone as he put his hand on his hips and shook his head. "Eh...just keep the firepower holstered alright? It took me a long time to build up the little contacts I have. If I bring some fiery blonde along that shoots everyone I introduce her to no one will trust me on this rock. Do you we have a deal?"

    Perhaps he had been a bit harsh and said a little too much, but then again he had to get his point across. He knew finding the mark would be no hard task for the both of them if he was still on world as long as they could do it peacefully, but then again this lone of work was never peaceful to begin with. Shaking his head Mangus looked to the floor then back towards Iveta'Gal wondering what her answer would be.
     
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    Iveta’s eyes fixed on the man, a blank expression remained on her face. Eventually Magnus had finished and she could reply. He words almost bitter as if he had patronized her. Whilst she had a healthy relationship with guns, she was hoping to keep this mission as simple and clean as possible.

    “The only pistol I plan on drawing is my stun pistol when we see our target. Enough terms. Do we have a deal?”

    Iveta outstretched her gloved hand further towards Magnus, a firm grip awaiting him should he accept it. She was growing impatient as many of the other hunters had left. There was a small window in time that Magnus would prove useful. Any later and there was no point sharing her bounty.
     
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    So the pact had been made. Mangus nodded briefly and extended his hand to meet her's gripping it tightly and sealing their impromptu partnership with a few shakes. Such a weird turn of events it had been to bring him here and put him in the graces of another Bounty Hunter, but such as it was there was no better way for things to turn out. Smiling for a moment at her and realizing her hand he then looked to the door and began to head out.

    "Alright, follow me/" He spoke with his back turned as he pushed to door open. "I know just the place to get answers."

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    It wasn't hard to find your way into the lower docks of Nar Shaddaa, but once you were there it was always hard to find a way out. Entering the slums there was almost the same as traveling to another world entirely, and that made it the perfect place for people to disappear on the smugglers moon. Mangus knew this all too well, in fact he too had once his down here to escape some ne'er-do-wells he had fallen in with, so he at least had an idea of where to look for the mark. Rounding to corner Mangus saw who he was looking for, and motioning for Iveta'Gal to follow, he approached.

    Next to a makeshift stall of sorts, stood a Rodian hocking various used and broken machine parts. Throwing a hand up Mangus approached him and began to speak.

    "Well Wac, it's been a long time. I didn't know if I would still find you slinging this junk down here." Mangus said as he walked over to look at the merchandise on the table.
     
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    Iveta’Gal continued to fix her eyes on Magnus with a piercing gaze. She clearly wanted him to understand the severity of this partnership. With the handshake finished they would leave together and begin their hunt. Iveta remained silent as Magnus lead the way. The place was particularly vulgar but not anything beyond what the bounty hunter had expected. She may have hated the planet but she was never afraid at getting her hands dirty for a fair bounty.

    As they continued their path Iveta would keep her attention on those around her. She would let Magnus worry about the journey and she would watch out for anyone following the two of them. Magnus would still often catch a glance of a spherical probe droid, no bigger than a human head and made of the same light blue material as Iveta’s armour. The droid was constantly changing position and vanishing from sight. It wasn’t till they reached the Rodian did the probe droid return to Iveta’s side and hover above her left shoulder. She remained silent. She would not talk over Magnus till he had extracted what information he could.
     
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    Mangus had known Wac for a long time, since back hen he was still a slave here, and since then he had more or less made Wac his go to guy for information. That was not meant to imply that they were friends of any sort or that the information had ever come easily, but one way or another their paths seemed entwined. As Mangus approached and began to look over the things Wac had spread across his little stall a clear grimace appeared on his face as the Rodian looked at the two people before him.

    "What you want Mangus." Wac said with equal parts anger and worry in his voice. "You always bring me trouble"

    Laughing a bit Mangus smiled and looked back towards Iveta'Gal. What Wac said was true, he knew it, but still Mangus knew that if anyone had information on the Colicoid it would be the Rodian before him. The trick now was coaxing the answers out of him.

    "Listen Wac, I don't want trouble for either of us but I need to know about the Colicoid running from his partner." Mangus said as he turned to point at Iveta'Gal. "My friend here really needs to find him before he gets a ride offworld." Mangus then leaned in real close and continued. "You know me Wac, I don't like to hurt people, but you don't know her. It could be unhealthy to keep us waiting here."

    The Rodian would then show a flustered face before slamming some trinket down on the table before him. "Ittu! Leave my shop Mangus I know help you! You still owe me from last time!" The Rodian squealed, clearly angry about being threatened. "And take your whore girlfriend with you and stay away!."
     
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    There was a chilling silence that followed the rodian’s words that neither Magnus nor Iveta’Gal would fill. Magnus would see Iveta not flinch a fraction at his words but he would still wonder what was going through her mind. Slowly, and in a very calculated manner, Iveta took a few steps forwards approaching the rodian and standing now in between the two of them, her back to Magnus. She leaned in ever so slightly and spoke very quietly and very slowly.

    “Here is what’s going to happen. I’m going to pretend you were trying to be funny there. You, are going to go over there to your desk, find a pen, find a piece of paper, and write down how I can transfer you 20,000 republic credits. Then, you are going to tell us everything you know. Do we have an understanding?”

    Her words were slightly patronizing and had undertones of a threat about them. Standing much closer to the Rodian would give him a closer look at her weaponry.
     
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    Mangus was impressed. He had not thought the female Bounty Hunter would take the slight in stride, but she ended up handling herself quite well in his eyes. Wac had always been a presumptuous and arrogant contact, but he made up for it by knowing more than anyone else in his neck of the woods. As Iveta'Gal's words traveled across the desk to him Mangus could see a slight hint of fear in his eyes. If he continued to hold out it wouldn't be for much longer, but thankfully that wasn't the case as the Rodian threw up a hand and began to speak.

    "No, I no take credits. If I sell you information people think Wac can be bought." Wac said as he rubbed his hands together. "I just tell you, then you take her away Mangus. The Colicoid is waiting in dock forty-seven for passage to the rim. He should still be there, now go. Go!"

    Mangus had always had a soft spot in his heart for Wac, him being one of the only people he ever actually knew from the old days, so seeing him shook up like that didn't do his conscious any favors. Nodded quietly at his words Mangus turned and began to walk away looking back at his female companion as he did so.

    "We better hurry." Mangus said motioning her to follow. "Goes for our employers and our prey. I got a feeling he is still there."
     
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    As Magnus started to leave satisfied, Iveta did not. She remained still with her cold eyes still fixed on the rodian. A part of her was looking to see a crack or some glimpse of uncertainty in Wac that might save the pair some time. She didn’t want to waste time chasing a false lead and she wasn’t done with her demands.

    “Right. Now your last task. I want you to start spreading two rumours. The first rumour you will tell almost all people that the Colicoid was spotted in the south sector of the docks, possible around eight to twelve. The second rumour you will only tell a few – that the Colicoid was spotted in the east sector of the docks heading towards 26.” The female bounty hunter slowly leant back giving Wac more space and letting her words sink in. She then spoke in more normal tone and manner.

    “I hope you don’t disappoint me Wac. I really do.”

    With those words Iveta’Gal turned her body and walked away following Magnus. She did not make eye contact with the other bounty hunter. Her attention was simply forwards looking.
     

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