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[The Rebellion]
Events that occur from 2 years before to 5 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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Pearls in the Sand
Veronica Whitney-Robinson
Paizo Publishing
Story published as:
Short Story (2004, 2006)

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In a seedy bar in Mos Taike on Tatooine, a drunk Mon Calamari boasts of having seen one of the infamous krayt dragons. The bar crowd ignores him - all except for Imperial bioengineer Dusque Mistflier and her Ithorian partner Tendau. Well, them and a pair of greedy Zabraks.
The Zabraks take the Mon Calamarian out into the desert, with Dusque and Tendau trailing them from a distance. Up ahead, the Zabraks and Calamarian are ambushed by a group of Sand People. Thinking fast, Dusque sneaks out to the tethered banthas near the Tuskens and sets them loose. The Tuskens panic as the banthas stampede away and give pursuit.
The three fortune hunters continue east, followed by Dusque and Tendau. A thousand meters later, the hunters realize they're being trailed and corner their pursuers. With night and a sandstorm coming, the Zabraks decide to tie the two Imperial workers down and let the sandstorm have them. Dusque manages to free her bonds and helps Tendau out as well. When the storm passes, the girl's ready to go back to Mos Taike. Tendau, however, sees no point in leaving now that they're so close.
The two finally reach what the Calamarian spoke of: A krayt graveyard. They spot the three fortune hunters, on the run from three angry dragons. With the dragons drawn off, Dusque and Tendau sneak down into the ravine of skeletons and find "pearls" - stones swallowed by the dragons and polished in their digestive system for years. But for those two, the precious "pearls" pale in significance next to a real prize - a krayt dragon egg! Worthless to the bar patrons back at Mos Taike, but priceless to Dusque.

This story occurs approximately 1 year after the Battle of Yavin.

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