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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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This story was originally published in
Star Wars Adventure Journal #12:

[Star Wars Adventure Journal - issue 12]

Small Favors
Paul Danner
West End Games
Story published as:
Short Story (1997)

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At Kuat Drive Yards, Darth Vader meets with ISB Central Commander Sollaine and assigns him a mission: identify a deep-cover Rebel spy in the Imperial ranks and deliver him - alive - to Vader. Back at the Rebel fleet, General Airen Cracken calls veteran thief Cryle Cavv and orders him to find and rescue the same spy – Rivoche Tarkin, niece of the late Grand Moff Willhuff Tarkin. Her name will not protect her from a very public – and painful – execution if he fails. He will be partnered with a huge Velabri named Quillin Arkell. The thief tells Cracken he will request a small favor in return – if he succeeds.
Cavv and Arkell set out for Corulag. Meanwhile, on the Star Destroyer Devastator, Sollaine learns of Rivoche is treachery. He murders the ‘Devastator’s’ captain when he refuses to go to Corulag at maximum speed and seizes control of the ship. Forget Vader – he plans to deliver Rivoche to the Emperor himself. In return for his prize, he plans to take command of the Executor itself…
When Cavv and Arkell arrive at Corulag, they find a huge fleet in orbit of the planet. It is an engagement party that Vader himself is attending. Rivoche is apparently getting married to Vastin Caglio, son of Moff Jamson Caglio. The Devastator tears its way into orbit shortly thereafter, with Sollaine bullying and shooting his way to the surface in a shuttle as the Star Destroyer picks a fight and takes off.
Now undercover as partygoers, the two Rebels make their way to Rivoche. However, Sollaine is waiting for them just outside her quarters, with a squadron of Storm Commandos. Cavv throws a thermite bomb into the group and drags Rivoche and Arkell out of the palace. They rush to the nearest available landing site, which is the roof of the Royal Galaxy Hotel. Sollaine did survive the blast and quickly hires 40 mercenaries to get to the roof and help him catch Rivoche. Cavv, Rivoche, and Arkell discover the trap just in time and avoid the roof. Cavv calls in another favor and gets a Beylyssa lookalike named Finn Varatha. With that backup, they decide to rush the roof and take on all forty hunters. As they take them all (and Sollaine runs off), Cavv’s ship the G Cat (piloted by R2-RC) arrives. They are chased by the entire orbital fleet – and then the Devastator returns. Thankfully, the timely arrival of the Executor gives Cavv the chance he needed to escape. Vader personally executes Sollaine for his blunders, and Cavv retains Arkell and Varatha for use in a Special Ops Group of his devising.

This story occurs approximately 2 years after the Battle of Yavin.

Related Stories (in chronological order):

  • A New Hope
  • Small Favors

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