Following their Escape from Cephias IV, the crew of the Unstable Friendship disposes of their find and repairs their ship. While doing so they meet Traggisk, a Trandoshan in search of transport who agrees to serve as the group’s muscle in return for passage and a share of whatever jobs they engage in.
Unfortunately rumors of artifacts are scarce when Traggisk is contacted by the representative of Doruba the Hutt, a crime lord that he used to work for who wants Traggisk to do a job for him. A certain smuggler, Kainite Cath, has failed the Hutt for the last time, and he wants to teach her a lesson while sending a message to his other employees. He wants her ship, The Gambler’s Debt to be destroyed. He doesn’t care how it happens, and he doesn’t care what happens to Kainite, as long as the ship is rendered non-operational in a permanent manner.
NX-Gray2 is able to trace the ship to it’s last known location in the Serethin system. The ship is gone by the time they get there, but NX knows a person who might be able to point them in the right direction. The group contacts Merisee Zaniah by offering her an artifact that NX considers to be worthless, but which she finds interesting. She doesn’t know where Kainite went, but knows of someone who might, a Aqualish thug named Zev who fancies himself and up and coming crime lord in the local underworld. She suspects he can be found at the Drowned Bantha, a local cantina.
The group finds Zev and Neeka Butana is able to flatter him into revealing where Kainite headed after doing business with him. She also learns that Zev feels Kainite cheated him in the deal. She picks Zev’s pockets on the way out. Meanwhile NX-Gray2 nearly starts a brawl with another Aqualish in the bar by deliberately spilling his drink. A quick retreat by the droid prevents mayhem from erupting, but causes enough distraction to allow Neeka to pick another pocket on the way out the door.
Following up on Zev’s lead, the group heads to the Zarnath system, where a scan of the surrounding space reveals The Gambler’s Debt on an outbound course from the planet. The crew of the Unstable Friendship quickly plots an intercept course and battle ensues. After taking massive damage, Kainite is convinced to surrender under threats from Traggisk. She is made prisoner and her ship is quickly looted before being blown up.
In the meanwhile, a pair of Z-95 Headhunters from Zarnath’s planetary defense force have arrived to investigate the battle, the crew attempts to bluff the fighters by claiming they are pursuing a legitimate bounty. The fighters make a strafing run on the Unstable Friendship but stop after one pass when their control reports that there is in fact an outstanding bounty in effect. The fighters then demand that the ship stand down and present credentials.
Lacking credentials, the ship instead makes a successful run for it and makes the jump to hyperspace.