Crix Vane is suddenly awoken by a large crash and he opens his eyes to a pitch black room save for the red flashing emergency lights. He notes that he has only been asleep for a few hours, but as unsettling as the sound that was loud enough to wake him from his drug-induced sleep is, the unmistakable clanking of the metal Stormtrooper boots is much more ominous to him. He pulls the pin on one of his grenades and tightly holds down the spoon while he peers through a crack in his door and out into the barracks. Through the flashing red lights he can see the silhouettes of several Stormtroopers when all of a sudden the familiar shape of his companion Buurski rips through the room as half of the invading Stormtroopers fall. Crix hurls his grenade towards the back of the room and his perfectly placed toss takes care of the remaining Troopers. Crix approaches Buurski, who proceeds to give him a quick situational report before they head to Logistics to meet up with Gand, M@-33, and Commodore Aduro Scrye.
Despite being able to identifying that the Imperials are utilizing Quantum Entanglement to track the Nimble Mind, and Kos developing scanners which are able to identify the source if they are in the same room, neither Kos nor M@ have had any success locating the source yet. The Team is running out of time. Several areas of the Nimble Mind are in dire straits, including Life Support, and are in desperate need of repair. On top of that, each attack by the Imperials brings on a new wave of boarding Stormtroopers that must be dealt with. They need to find the imposter on board, and quickly, if they are going to find and disable the signal before the Nimble Mind suffers more damage than they can recover from.
Aduro asks Buurski to fill him in on what Buurski has been able to uncover so far through interrogation of of the suspects on his list. After going through each candidate, the team determines there are 3 remaining suspects with lingering questions that must be answered. One of these “crew members” has to be the imposter. Buurski requests that all 3 suspects be brought to him, while M@ and Gand work on ship repairs and scanning, and Crix does his best to fend off the remaining Stormtroopers aboard the Nimble Mind.
Buurski knows this is it. He has 3 suspects and one of them has to be his guy; he can’t afford to complete these final interrogations without identifying the imposter. He gathers his notes to start poking holes in their stories and brings in his first suspect: the Engineer, Vash Cabaril. The first time Cabaril was interviewed his answers were not far off, but the team found it odd that he was unaware that his Lieutenant brother had recently been killed in action. Buurski could tell there was genuine concern for his brother’s well-being in Cabaril’s response to the line of interrogation, but he could not bring himself to reveal Cabaril’s brother’s fate to him and released him from questioning. Next up is the other Engineer in question, Jair Durothil, who had been less than cooperative with M@ initially and even threatened harm upon him should M@ bother him again. Further, while he had knowledge of his homeworld of Alderaan, the team found it odd that he mis-pronounced the seemingly obvious name of the final Governor, Jin Anguy. Again, Durothil is hostile and aggressive during questioning and not forthcoming with answers. He’s a muscular guy and impervious to Buurski’s attempts at intimidating him into answering Buurski’s questions. Buurski ends up dismissing him without really attaining any new verbal answers from Durothil, but Buurski is highly suspicious of the insubordinate and resilient Engineer. The final suspect, Security Officer Aramil Cornag, is another burly looking guy. The first time Cornag was questioned he was not willing to name the planet he is from, and the noticeable large scar on his face seemed suspicious to the team as well. Buurski is able to coerce Cornag into lowering his guard, and Cornag reveals to Buurski the planet he is from and the story behind how he got the scar; Buurski is still initially a little suspicious of the story and the scar but upon further pressing and inspection Buurski is able to end the interrogation feeling confident that Cornag is not the imposter.
34 minutes has now passed and once again the Nimble Mind is attacked by the Imperials. The ship takes more damage and loses more crew members as the Imperials continue to relentlessly fire upon the damaged ship. Even more Stormtrooper boarding crews make it on board the Nimble Mind and they are threatening to overtake the ship from within. M@ and the Engineers are assigned to go back to trying to contain the damage in various parts of the ship, while the Marines, Buurski, and Crix are all going to have to focus their efforts on holding back the Stormtroopers on board.
The Nimble Mind and its crew have run out of time; they have to find the signal source to break the Quantum Entanglement. There’s no guarantee they can make it through another round of attack. They need to force the imposter to tell them where to find the device on the Nimble Mind, and it is up to Kos to get the location out of whoever it is. Buurski is forced to decide on who he thinks the imposter is, and he names Jair Durothil. Kos informs Buurski that he is going to pull the answer out of Durothil, no matter what he has to do to get it, and he asks Buurski if, knowing this, he is confident Durothil is the guy and Buurski tells him that he is. Kos enters the interrogation room and doesn’t waste any time; he immediately asks Durothil where the source is. Durothil denies any knowledge of what Kos is talking about, and jabs at Kos, calling him derogatory names. Kos responds by calling on the “mist” to inflict harm upon Durothil, and he makes sure Durothil knows he is doing it… it works, Durothil is exposed to immense pain, and Kos then gives Durothil a stem to bring his wits back about him. Durothil is now shaken, but tries his best to maintain his resolve as he laughs and tells Kos it is too late and that everyone will be vaporized… confirming that he is the Stormtrooper they have been searching for. Kos acts on the information immediately, he ascertains that the source must be in the engine room and, knowing that is where Crix is currently located, he radios in to Crix and tells him to find it. Kos is not done with Durothil yet though; once again Kos calls upon the mist, this time inflicting serious harm upon Durothil and he allows Durothil to writhe in pain for several moments before Kos kneels down and jabs his thumbs in to Durothil’s eye sockets… removing his eyes. Kos exits the interrogation room, shutting the door behind him to drown out the blood curtling howling coming out of Durothil.
In the Engine room, Crix uses the scanner to find the source but the optimism he felt quickly fades as he finds the device attached to the reactor core and recognizes the unmistakable build of a bomb within the shell of the source. It will not be long before the 34 minute timer is up and he knows it is up to him to disable the bomb and deactive the source so the Nimble Mind can make the jump to hyperspace before the Imperials arrive to finish them off. He comms to the rest of the group and fills them in, Kos does his best to assist Crix over the radio, and Crix gets to work on disabling the bomb. He meticulously removes the shell and exposes the wiring, but he is not familiar with the layout of this bomb. It’s now or never – he cuts the cable he believes will diffuse the bomb. He here’s a click… a hiss… and the bomb explodes.
Crix is able to recognize his mistake as soon as he hears the click of the bomb, and without thinking he pushes everyone out of the Engine Room and closes the blast doors, with himself still inside, just before the bomb detonates. Crix suffers several critical injuries and is knocked unconscious, but he miraculously survives and does not lose any limbs. In addition to the injuries suffered by Crx, the reactor core has been completely destroyed in the detonation. However, despite Crix’s failure to deactivate the bomb, he was still successful in breaking the Quantum Entanglement and the Empire no longer has the ability to track the Nimble mind… the only problem is that without a reactor core the Nimble Mind is completely out of power and the Imperials will be arriving at their location in under 5 minutes.
Fortune finally smiles upon the crew however, as Aduro informs everyone there is a spare reactor core… the issue is that diverting all power to the new core would make it so other areas of the ship are no longer functional, namely the geospacial astrogation controls. With everyone focused on fleeing the area before the empire arrives, the crew works together to quickly formulate a solution: Kos taps in to the hyperspace navigation system of the Sequorian I to use the capabilities of the Sequorian’s astrogation to plot a course for the Nimble Mind and Aduro immediately puts M@-33 and the Engineering team to work on diverting all power to the new reactor core. With everyone working together the Nimble Mind regains power within minutes… and is able to make the jump to light speed before the Imperials arrive at their last known location. The Nimble Mind is free of the Quantum Entanglement threat and the Empire cannot track them through hyperspace this time. The crew is finally able to get some rest and our team travels unimpeded to the next destination.