Following the fight with the security droids, Amara Cormin and Bib Idrall take the remains back to the speeders while the remaining members of the group explore further.
They continue on to the first major power source, which proves to be a large console in a pyramid shaped room. NX-Gray2 is able to get the console working while Neeka Butana searches various panels and compartments in the room, locating two artifacts whose use is not immediately apparent, but which are aesthetically interesting, and therefore might be of some value to collectors.
NX-Gray2 learns that the facility is somewhere between 500 and 1000 years old and was a corporate research facility. Tampering by the characters appears to have reactivated at least one of the experiments with a message stating that “project XA6” is active, and that containment is not secure.
Further examination provides a partial schematic of the facility, but there is some data corruption so further exploration will be necessary.
That exploration is temporarily halted by a broken turbolift. A 100 foot vertical shaft separates the upper facility from the lower one, and the turbolift connecting the two no longer works. In fact, the turbolift car is stuck in the shaft about 10 feet from the top. Traggisk attempts to move the car with brute force, but is unable to. Neeka Butana then tries to reactivate the controls through her datapad, but this results in the car plummeting a short distance before she is able to re-trigger the brakes.
After NX-Gray2 scrounges some wiring by cannibalizing the console in the other room, Neeka is able to trigger the brakes from outside the car, with the only casualty being her datapad that is yanked from her hands as the car plummets to the bottom of the shaft. The three then use the maintenance ladder to climb down. Unfortunately, NX-Gray2 is not built for climbing long ladders and almost plummets down the shaft, being caught in a tangle of wire instead.
Finally at the bottom, the group is able to take another scan, better pinpointing the various energy signatures, identifying most of them as doors or droids. Avoiding most of the droids, they arrive outside the second main power source, which they suspect is the main research lab. Unfortunately, they also know that five droids are inside the area.
NX-Gray2 volunteers to try to speak to the droids and enters alone. Able to understand them due to his earlier examination of the computer console in the upper level, he realizes they are asking for his authorization. He tells them that the company has been sold during their downtime and that he represents the new owners. The droids give him temporary clearance as they attempt to confirm his information.
NX quickly accesses the one functional lab, discovering that project XA6 was something to do with nanotechnology, and removing two data cores from the lab computers. He then took the cores back to his companions where they discussed what to do next.
Unfortunately, the droids had finished running their confirmation routines and had determined that NX was not authorized for access, so they interrupted the group, demanding the return of the stolen cores, and enforcing the demand by the lead droid opening fire on Traggisk with a repeating blaster, nearly taking him out of the fight before it even got started.
Exercising discretion, the group turns and runs before the security droids can mow them down in a hail of blaster fire. NX is able to drop a frag grenade, partially collapsing a wall behind them to give them a little bit of time, after which Neeka blasts a door panel, giving them even more.
With the droids delayed, the group is almost able to make it back up the turbolift shaft before they appear at the bottom. A hail of fire wounds Neeka, but miraculously misses NX, who was bringing up the rear.
The group heads for the exit, determined to get out of the area as quickly as possible.