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

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Short Story
First published in
Star Wars Adventure Journal #14:

[Star Wars Adventure Journal - issue 14]

Murder in Slushtime
Barbara Hambly
West End Games
Published as:
Short Story (1997, 2004)

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Callista Ming, having recently joined the crew of a Gamorrean ship known as the Zicreex under Captain Ugmush, arrives on Gamorr when the ship sets down to allow Ugmush’s brother, Guth, to challenge the warrior Vrokk for the hand of Guth’s beloved Kufbrug of the Hold of Bolgoink. Shortly after the fight is to have taken place, Guth arrives at the ship, chased by authorities. Vrokk has been found murdered, and Guth is the prime suspect, and with him, the rest of the Zicreex crew. Upon speaking with Kufbrug, her sister Gundruk, and Vrokk’s brother, Rog, Callista is allowed to investigate the murder. She visits various dealers and the writer of a letter supposedly sent by the illiterate Guth to Vrokk. It turns out that the person impersonating Guth in having the letter written seems to have hidden some kind of murder weapon or poison under the seal of the letter. Callista think she knows what it might be, so she and Kufbrug stake out Vrokk’s “haunted” quarters, where he died.
Callista’s suspicion are correct. Vrokk was killed by a creature that had been hidden in the seal — a kheilwar, native to Af’El. Callista and Kufbrug battle the shapeshifting creature, and as it dies, it moves through all of its most recent forms to reveal that it was Rog and Gundruk behind the murder. Kufbrug was near suicide, and they believed the execution of Guth for murder would have pushed her over the edge, allowing Rog to marry Gundruk and rule the Hold of Bolgoink. This treachery revealed, Callista and the crew watch happily as Guth and Kufbrug are finally married, as it should be.

This story occurs approximately 16 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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