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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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[Tales of the Bounty Hunters]

Tales of the Bounty Hunters

The Prize Pelt
Kathy Tyers
Del Rey
Story published as:
Paperback Novel (1996)

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On the Executor, Bossk is introduced to the Wookiee bounty hunter Chenlambec and his human apprentice Tinian Iíatt. The two promise the Trandoshan inside information on where Han and Chewbacca are heading for the Lomabu system. Problem is, they do not know exactly where that is. After some haggling, Bossk agrees to try it and bring them along. What he does not know is Chenlambec is on a mission for Kashyyyk - not only to help Chewbacca escape, but humiliate and shame this infamous Wookiee-killer. They take off in Bosskís brand new ship, the Houndís Tooth, and the two hunters having brought aboard some huge crates. They try hacking into the Houndís Tooth computer with the help of a mini-droid named Flirt - only they are on a mattress rigged with hidden syringes of sedatives. Bossk takes the opportunity to drain their weapons, then sets course for their first stop - a Wookiee outpost in the Aida system. 
Three and a half days later, they wake up as the ship arrives at the outpost. Chenlambec learns from a transmission that Wookiees are being held prisoner at Lomabu (the coordinates are provided) as a trap for the Rebels. The Houndís Tooth heads there. With Flirtís help, Tinian makes her way into the cargo bay for some recon work. After Chen does his own spy work, itís decided to pit Bossk against Imperial Governor Io Desnand of Lomabu. They arrive, where Bossk picks up what appears to be the Millennium Falcon. Tinian and Chen are sent out on the scout ship Nashtah Pup to find Soloís likely avenues of escape. Once launched, Tinian contacts Desnand and warns her that Bossk is coming to scalp the prisoners. Chen calls the prisoners themselves, then lands the Pup and races to the prison camp, helping to stage a firefight. They return to the Hound bearing two freshly dead Wookiee corpses. Bossk cheerfully skins the corpses, then plans to attack the prison and doublecross his ďpartners.Ē He tricks them into flying the Pup, rigged with gas that will cripple them and a weapon that will torch the whole place. They barely discover the deception in time and fires the weapon at the sun. The Wookiee slaves revolt at the camp, Flirt manages to take control of the Tooth, and the two hunters return to find Bossk locked up in his own meat locker. They proudly deliver Bossk to Desnand. They then take the Tooth, carrying the freed Wookiees to Aida while Bossk finds himself a short distance away from being skinned himself.

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

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