Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Downtime Cantina

When beings who are interested in Rebel activity seek out Mina Trevill, they'd do best to visit the Downtime Cantina. In addition to serving food and drinks to visitors, the staff here acts as a means for introduction to--or deflection from--the Procuress. Z-3PO is the droid who runs the place, assisted by a number of SE-4 servant droids. What most patrons don't know is that Z-3PO maintains a constant feed of information from the cantina to Mina.

For the most part, the Downtime is a relatively tame establishment. The droids who run the place serve drinks and food as is expected, albeit with less of the banter that is typical in other such establishments. Rather, the droids do their business with mechanical efficiency, making conversation as necessary, but not with anything resembling organic loquacity.

The Cantina
Refer to the appropriate map for the following area descriptions. This small, simple establishment has a large common room (area A) dominated by a bar, with tables in the back corners and booths along the outside walls. Behind the bar is the door to the storage area (B), where the droids keep reserve quantities of liquor along with the dishwashing machine. This is also where they recharge while the bar is closed. Although they do not prepare or serve food, visitors are welcome to bring their own.

Making Contact
Characters who seek to meet with Mina Trevill have a variety of options for doing so. If they're already members of the Rebel Alliance, they can simply go to the Downtime, talk to Z-3PO and slip into the conversation whatever code phrase they've been given. For example, they might mention "I've heard that the weather on Coruscant's been nice," to which the droid responds, "Ah, but I hear that there are storms coming."

Those who haven't been vetted in this manner face a much more difficult challenge. Since Z-3PO can't afford to let just anybody meet with his boss, the droid has to put them through a runaround and have them earn his trust. This could include eavesdropping on their conversations, researching their records, or even appointing to them a small task so as to test their loyalty. One good option for characters is to own up to anything they've done against the Empire, which the droid (and thus Mina) can corroborate through investigation.

If they do earn Mina's trust, characters are then invited to meet with her. This is arranged by booking them into one of her remote cabins, where their arrival can be monitored before she makes her appearance.

Brawn 2 Cunning 3 Presence 2
Agility 1 Intellect 3 Willpower 2

Soak: 2
Wound Threshold: 12
Strain Threshold: 12
M/R Defense: 0 / 0

Skills: Charm 1, Computers 2, Cool 1, Core Worlds 2, Deception 3, Education 2, Lore 2, Negotiation 2, Outer Rim 1, Perception 2, Streetwise 1, Underworld 1, Vigilance 1, Xenology 1

Talents: Nobody's Fool, Plausible Deniability, Toughened, Well Rounded

Abilities: Droid Qualities, Inorganic, Mechanical Being

Equipment: Internal comlink, datapad

Z-3PO looks like a typical protocol droid, with a shiny silver finish. It is outgoing and friendly, but those qualitites are just a mask for a calculating, analytical (artificial) mind. After all, Z-3PO is the first contact point, and therefore the first line of defense, for Mistress Trevill. To that end, the droid is staunchly protective of the Human, and takes its job very seriously.

Using the Cantina in an Edge of the Empire Campaign
Many of the ways in which the Downtime Cantina can be used in a campaign are detailed below.
  • Needless to say, the PCs might come here looking to make contact with an agent of the Rebel Alliance.
  • On the other hand, this could just be any other watering hole for them.
  • The PCs might be present when an Imperial agent shows up, searching for a link to Mina Trevill; it's up to them to decide if they want to help or hinder such efforts.
  • When Mina Trevill goes missing, and the PCs are tasked with finding her, this could be the place where they start their investigation.

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