The crew outgunned the Yiyar clan and outran Wheelsec for a relatively clean escape. Humble proved to have a knack for Astrogation and was able to jump the Bleeding Sparrow straight to Cholganna in a paltry 55 hours. If the Yiyar followed they’d have to take the long way along the trade routes which would add nearly a full day in hyperspace.
Cholganna spent two thirds of its rotation inside of a nebula. This played havoc with the Sparrow’s sensor array and nearly led the ship into a disastrous collision with some meteorites. After recalibrating the sensors a sweep was performed and the zone of potential impact for the Sa Nalaor was limited to 75 kilometers. Putting down the Sparrow proved touch so an away team was dropped off and Pru and Varrem would maintain low orbital observation.
The away team located an escape pod partially submerged in a brackish lake. It had become a nest for a swarm of stinging insects which proved problematic, but not nearly as much as the Arboreal Octopus that attempted to hoist Mala into the tree tops. The octopus was driven off with blaster fire but in its hurry to flee it dropped Mala hard – breaking her leg. The memory core from the pod gave hints to the location of the main ship, which apparently was not evacuated upon crash landing, and the crew set out.
Up above in orbit Pru and Varrem were surprised when a Lambda class shuttle came out of hyperspace nearly on top of them, apparently having tracked the Sparrow by use of a cleverly placed homing beacon. The Sparrow evaded the shuttle in the Nebula and were able to destroy the beacon by using the onboard exo-suit. The empire could not directly track them now, but they too had found Cholganna and the supposed crashsite of the Sa Nalaor. The ground team only had a 6 hour head start on exploration!
The ground team found the engine section of the Sa Nalaor wedged in a narrow canyon and spied signs of life – a handmade boat pulled on shore near the wreckage. They were able to pass through the wreckage and down the far side of a waterfall in safety until they found the next section of the ship. This compartment had been covered in a crude camouflage net and had a large enough clearing to land the Sparrow. With the ship providing safety the crew decided it’d be a good time to rest and renew their search of the wreckage in the morning.