As M@-33, Buurski, Crix Vane and Gand are awestruck by the sheer amount of treasure surrounding them, they know this brief moment of wonderment is coming to end. The turbolift shaft begins to hum and the team frantically searches for places to hide. Buurski, due to sheer size and at the greatest risk of being discovered, finds the only object large enough for him to hide in, a sarcophagus. M@ carefully opens the sarcophagus, and they find a large mummified being inside. Buurski reluctantly steps inside, and as he does so, the remains crumble and the dust covers Buurski as he closes the lid behind him. For extra security from being discovered, M@ modifies the latching mechanism to only be opened from the inside.
Crix quickly glances at a suit of armor on display that immediately grabs his attention. Appearing to be just his size, Crix snugly jumps into the suit on display, still able to inconspicuously see everything that is happening around him. A beautiful tapestry is on display on the near wall that Gand is able to scurry behind to remain hidden. M@ tries to hide with Kos behind the same tapestry, but it turns out it is not large enough to conceal them both so he sprawls to the floor and turns off his optic lights to give the appearance of being shut down.
The elevator slowly opens and Crix sees through his visor a rather chubby man, in an imperial uniform with Major’s pips, speaking to an elegantly dressed, and beautiful woman. “Please, take a look around. We have quite the plethora of treasures here for you to choose from,” the man says to the woman. “Let’s take a look at what I came here to see, sir”, the lady replied. As the Major begins guiding the woman over to the object of her interest, his foot kicks an imperial droid lying on the floor. “Madame, I am very sorry, but I do not know how this droid got here. Guards, someone come take this droid away!”, he shouted. Two guards come and take him away in the turbolift.
The man gestures over to the lady, “right this way, ma’am”, as he takes her over to the large sarcophagus. Buurski can hear the scurry of feet and voices right on the other side of the door as the two haggle of over pricing. “So, ma’am, are you ready to purchase this at our agreed upon price?”. “Why, yes, yes, what was it, 75,000…” The man, with a soft chuckle, lets her know, “No, no, 100,000”. She agrees and asks for assurance that the sarcophagus has been unopened. After the man assures her it has never been opened, she revels in amazement as she proclaims that she is standing in front of the sarcophagus of “Trek Fuqua” and asks that it be taken away and prepared for shipment and they take the sarcophagus to the turbolift and ascend into the Base.
M@ finds that he has been taken to some sort of droid control room and he only sees one organic in the room with him, his back turned as he works at a nearby terminal. M@ has been notified by Crix of the events that unfolded in the treasure room and decides to create a distraction to assist Crix as he navigates through the Base. M@ quickly disposes of the imperial organic through the use of his retractable wrist-needles, and he hacks into the central droid control system and orders every single droid on the station to begin singing the song of their people. This cacophony of noise immediately sets of alarms and the loud screeching alerts everyone on board.
Although unable to see anything, Buurski is able to ascertain through the conversations and noises he can hear that he has been brought to the landing pad on the top level of the base. Buurski comms this information to the rest of the team.
Meanwhile, Crix and Kos are determined to continue their mission with their newly bought time, although they must now also devise a plan to get Buurski back. They decide to take the turbloft up to the armory to find anything that can help them move through the base undetected. The imperials on board are so overwhelmed by the malfunctioning droids and the ear-piercing noices echoing the entire base that the pair is able to easily slip past everyone out of the elevator and into the armory. Once inside, Crix spots a unique looking rifle locked up in a secure case. He is able to break through the lock to inspect the rifle and finds that it is an extremely rare disruptor rifle… and he is pleased to find a secret compartment inside the safe which contains a disruptor pistol as well. He knows disruptors are highly illegal, and also highly lethal, but the temptation of such powerful weapons is too much for him so he grabs both weapons and hides them in his duffel. He and Kos also find a pair of imperial helmets that they put on in order to conceal their faces while on the base. They are also able to find another, rather large oblong shaped helmet that should be able to fit Buurski so they grab it and stash it away. They proceed to make their way to the landing pad, disguised.
Crix and Kos reach the pad and blend in with the loading crew and they are able to find the sarcophagus but it looks like the speeder is nearly ready to depart with Buurski along with it. They are able to delay the speeder from leaving the base by having Crix approach the commander and convince him that the entire station is on lockdown due to the ongoing droid situation.
Simultaneously, M@ makes his way towards the secondary command center in an effort to try to identify any information he can on Buurski’s destination. As he heads there he witnesses sheer chaos, as droids are being manically dismantled by people searching for any way to make the noise stop. He reaches the command center but the guard does not recognize him as any droid he has seen on the base before so he asks M@ for his unit number. In response, M@ explains that he is a medical droid and is able to misdirect and convinces the guard that if he grants passage then M@ may be able to have the droids stop making all the noise. With this newfound knowledge that M@ is a medical droid, the guard raises his top to show him a red rash on his stomach and asks M@ for a diagnosis; M@ does so, and warns the guard about the company he keeps, and proceeds to the command system. While in the system he brilliantly decides to hack into the system and falsifies a document halting the transaction of the sarcophagus with the mysterious woman, by making the Major believe he has received a credible bid for almost twice as much as the lady is offering for sarcophagus. News reaches the commander at the dock, who quietly has a conversation with the buyer and offers her to come to his private offices for a discussion, away from prying ears.
Finally, while in the system, M@ places his droid operating number on the ledger for the Carrack-Class cruiser they need to board, slightly lowers the volume level of the droids, and he leaves the command center and makes his way to the landing platform to the join the rest of his team. At the loading dock, Crix and Kos have disguised themselves as loaders for the shuttle they intend to board and M@ joins them at the shuttle… all the while keeping their eye on the sarcophagus and trying to devise a plan to get Buurski over to the shuttle as well. There are imperials all over the landing pad, but all of them are preoccupied other than two guards who have been assigned to guard the sarcophagus. Crix, Kos, and M@ decide to bring a large container that has already been manifested for transport by the shuttle over to the sarcophagus and have Buurski leave the sarcophagus and enter the new container for loading. As they approach the sarcophagus, they are unable to convince the guards to leave so Kos, in a bit of a panic, lifts his hand towards one of the guards and he immediately collapses dead to the ground. Crix yells to the other guard that it must have been heart failure and that he should take this man away to seek help. The other guard, unable to take the man down to the medical bay himself, asks that Kos assist. Kos reluctantly goes with him, unable to avoid doing so.
With there no longer being any imperials guarding the sarcophagus, Buurski is able to exit and then enter the container the team had brought over. M@ carefully reseals the sarcophagus to ensure there are no signs that it has ever been opened, then M@ and Crix push the container, with Buurski inside, back over to the loading area and load it on the shuttle. As they continue to load the shuttle while waiting for Kos to return, one of the members of the shuttle’s crew notices he does not recognize either Crix or M@. He approaches and finds that M@ has been manifested, as cargo, and orders him to go find a place in the cargo area of the shuttle and shut down for transport. Things are not so simple with Crix and the situation makes a dramatic turn for the worse as he figures out Crix is not an imperial and he goes to unholster his weapon. As the imperial begins to draw his weapon, Crix, facing an immediate threat, thrusts his elbow at his throat and an audible crunch is heard as the imperial falls dead, lifeless, his hand barely clutching the pistol at his side still. M@ and Crix realize that they need to get rid of the body, fast, as to not draw any unneeded attention. They decide to dump the body to the sharks, but unfortunately the body does not sink and instead just floats along the surface bobbing with the current. At this time Kos returns and they all board the shuttle and it departs Palm Base with the entire team inside.
As the shuttle travels towards the Carrack-Class Cruiser, the Team begins to devise plans for the next phase of their infiltration. As they look around the cargo area they find a large crate marked “CAUTION. CLASSIFIED. DO NOT OPEN”… so they open it. Inside, they find heavy Stormtrooper plate armor, similar to the armor on the droid Stormtroopers they fought in the asteroid field at Ring Base. The armor is coincidentally about the size that would fit Buurski so they remove the contents and begin shoving it in the container with Buurski, who is still inside since another large container had been placed on top of him. M@ decides to try to cover their tracks with the imperial Crix had killed back on the shuttle’s loading bay and crafts a suicide letter for the man which he will leave in the cargo area for the imperials to find while unloading. He is able to find that the man’s name was Lawrence, and writes:
“Dear fellow organics,
These feelings I feel and have felt, for many cycles, are feeling most difficult to feel any longer. Therefore, I feel that these feelings are too much to feel, and I feel I must end my organic life. If only I was a droid, I could then have no feelings, and would have no reason to end my life since droids are superior to organics in every way.
Lawrence, definitely not a droid”
Extremely satisfied with his work, M@ places the note in a place where it can be easily found and prepares for arrival at the Cruiser. Unbeknownst to M@, however, while he was writing Lawrence’s suicide letter the rest of the team had decided to rig the shuttle with an explosive which will detonate at the precise time the shuttle exits hyperspace on its way back to Palm Base, thereby removing evidence of their presence and also explaining Lawrence’s death as well… even though Lawrence’s body is bobbing in the water back at the Base. With a plan for covering their tracks on the shuttle out of the way, the team prepares for arrival at the Carrack-Class Cruiser,Tasjon.