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[The New Republic]
Events that occur between 5 and 25 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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[Tales from the New Republic]

Tales from the New Republic

Hutt and Seek
Chriss Cassidy and Tish Pahl
Bantam Spectra
Published as:
Short Story (1999)

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Corellian smuggler Fenig Nabon finds herself on the bad end of a deal with “partner” Ghitsa Dogder: a plan to con a Hutt, with the unwitting aid of Mistryl assassin Shada D’ukal. She greets Shada and her new apprentice Dunc T’racen as they arrive on Ryloth. They are concluding a deal with the Shak Clan, to ship Twi’lek females to Nal Hutta. Shada objects, she hauls slaves for nobody, not even for 20,000 credits. Ghitsa claims the females are a dancing troupe, en route to Durga the Hutt. An uneasy Shada ups the price to 32,000 credits, and accepts. Shada can sense that Ghitsa’s an Imperial, and keeps a close eye on both smugglers the whole trip. They come upon a relay buoy, meaning a likely trap ahead, but it is too late to back out now. Shada pulls the freighter out of space, and good thing too, a Firespray-class ship is waiting for them. Shada takes it out, but recognises it as belonging to the Karazak Slavers Cooperative. As the ship rushes to Nar Shaddaa, Ghitsa prods Dunc into a fury, telling her they had indeed been slavers after all. Shada realises full well what Ghitsa’s trying to do: push the Mistryl into breaking their contract. Nevertheless, why? Ghitsa will not answer, and will not explain what is really going on. Furious, Shada throws both smugglers into an escape pod and shoots them off. 
Only it turns out the laugh is on the Mistryl: Ghitsa altered the ship’s ID code to read as a slaver ship. The escape pod lands on Nal Hutta, where Ghitsa rushes to Durga’s palace and spins a yarn about his ship being taken by the KSC. He invokes Hutt law and provides the altered ID code to evade execution. Back on the smuggler ship, Shada and Dunc find a message from Fen outlining the whole sorry deal. It seems Ghitsa set all this up to ignite a gang war. Shada returns the slaves to Ryloth while Fenig and Ghitsa fly off into the stars with their ill-gotten gains…

This story occurs approximately 8 years after the Battle of Yavin.

Related Stories (in chronological order):

  • Hutt and Seek

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